Langevin to Present Six Service Medals to Vietnam Veteran


WARWICK, R.I.— Congressman Jim Langevin will present First Lieutenant Stephen McMahon, a veteran of the Vietnam War, with six service medals — including a Bronze Star — on Friday, July 21, at 2 p.m. Media coverage is invited at the Congressman’s district office in Warwick.

McMahon is a native Rhode Islander, born on May 13, 1947, who was drafted into the U.S. Army in November 1969 and deployed to Vietnam in 1970.

Lieutenant McMahon was discharged from the military in June 1975 to care for a family member without receiving the service medals he earned.

After his service, McMahon worked as a history teacher in the Pawtucket School Department for 30 years.

McMahon’s wife, Linda, contacted Congressman Langevin to request his assistance in obtaining the medals her husband never received. With the help of Langevin’s office, the Army issued all six medals, which will be delivered to McMahon on Friday.

The medals being presented include a Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Expert Badge with Rifle Bar and Marksman Badge with Pistol Bar.