Scenes From Los Alamos VFW Ceremony Awarding Orange Heart Service Medal To Veteran Joseph A. Cdebaca

USAF Lt. [Ret.] Joseph R. Cdebaca presents his father Joseph A. Cdebaca, Vietnam Veteran, 3rd Brigade 4th Infantry Division ‘The Iron Brigade’ – the Orange Heart Service Medal for wounds sustained from exposure to Agent Orange during his military service to the United States. He is the first veteran in New Mexico to receive the Orange Heart Service Medal and also received several other post service medals during the special ceremony Thursday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), John D. Gamble Post 8874, at 1793 Deacon St. in Los Alamos. To gather information and details about the application process for nominating other veterans deserving of this service medal, email or call 505.662.3506. Photo by John McHale/

Family and friends in attendance Thurday at the VFW as Joseph A. Cdebaca is recognized and honored for his military service. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the special ceremony honoring Joseph A. Cdebaca at the VFW Post 8874 Thurday in Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/

The awards and medals presented to Veteran Joseph A. Cdebaca during a special ceremony Thursday at the VFW to recognize and honor him for his service to the United States. Photo by John McHale/

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