DANBURY, Conn. – Nearly 15 years after he served his country and was wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom, a veteran from Danbury was awarded 16 medals for his military service.
The medals were presented to combat veteran Robert Carpenter, 42, by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) in a ceremony on the stage at the Danbury Green. Carpenter, in his uniform, was joined by his wife and grandchildren.
Carpenter joined the U.S. Army National Guard in 1996 and became an E5 Sergeant with the Active Guard Reserve in 2001. He served for 10 years as a Yankee Supply Sergeant and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2003, he was injured while serving oversees, which ended his military career.
On Saturday, Carpenter was presented with the following decorations:
- Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
- Army Commendation Medal
- Army Achievement Medal
- Good Conduct Medal
- Valorous Unit Award & Oak Leaf Cluster Bronze
- National Defense Service Medal
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal & Letter “M” Device
- NCO Professional Development Ribbon
- Army Service Ribbon
- Overseas Service Ribbon
- Marksman Badge & Rifle Bar
- Combat Action Badge
- Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal
- Global War on Terror Service Medal
- Connecticut Wartime Service Medal
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