WESTFIELD, NJ - Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) on Monday presented Mary Ellen Florey with the service medals that her late husband, former Warren Mayor Alvin Paul Florey, earned in the United States Marines during the Korean War. Alvin Florey had previously received the honors from the United States Military, but they had been misplaced. After assistance from Lance’s constituent casework managers, the United States Army resupplied the award in time for a special presentation in Westfield.
“Mr. Florey earned these service medals for his valiant service during the Korean War as a sharp shooter in our Nation’s Military and I was honored to present them to his wife, Mary Ellen,” said Lance. “These medals represent the gratitude and appreciation from the United States of America. I am pleased Mrs. Florey now has these medals to display with pride and to share with her family.”
Mary Ellen Florey was presented with her late husband’s National Defense Medal and Purple Heart, which the Marine earned for his heroic efforts as a Sharp Shooter in the Korean War. Mr. and Mrs. Florey were happily married for over 62 years, residing and raising their four children in Warren Township. In addition to serving in our Nation’s Armed Services, Mr. Florey was a devoted father and husband. He was an active member of his community, serving as Mayor of Warren Township, as well as mentoring and coaching young people in local youth sports leagues. Mrs. Florey was joined by her children and her extended family during the presentation of her husband’s medals.
Lance and his staff are able to assist in obtaining or replacing lost, stolen or never received military commendations. Contact Congressman Lance’s district office at (908)518-7733 for more information.