As a young U.S. Army engineer with the 1340th Battalion, James Salerno
He was also part of a group of 250 soldiers sent to scale a cliff to remove enemy gun installations. Only 50 of them returned.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman
The French government awarded the medal to servicemen and veterans who participated in the D-Day invasion. Salerno also received a “Thank-You-America Certificate 1944-1945
Ackerman’s office secured the honors after being contacted by Salerno’s son, Thomas. The congressman also gave the veteran an American flag that had flown over the Capitol.
Salerno enlisted in the Army in 1941 when he was 21 and served for four years, until he was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.