PAWTUCKET â€” Decorated veteran Maurice â€śMoeâ€ť Trottier has received two more service medals to add to his collection, thanks to a little help from Congressman David Cicilline.
On Tuesday, Cicilline presented the longtime Pawtucket resident with a Naval Reserve Medal and National Defense Service Medal during a short ceremony in his Main Street office. Trottier, who holds the rank of Private First Class, had earned the medals but never received them until now, 21 years after his retirement.
â€śMoe is an example of our great American heroes who put themselves in harm's way so we can enjoy the freedoms of America,â€ť said Cicilline. He added that it is â€śour responsibility to do everything we can to honor our veterans,â€ť with everything from access to health care and affordable housing and other services, to making sure they receive their hard-earned medals and accolades.
During Trottier's efforts to sort through his personal records, he contacted Cicilline's office. After assisting with this process, the office came to realize that there were medals that Trottier deserved, but had not yet been awarded.
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