Source: United States Senator for Ohio Sherrod Brown
Headline: With Help from Brown’s Office, Family of Cleveland Veteran Receives Posthumous Silver Star
CLEVELAND, OH – In a ceremony at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center today, the family of Hospital Apprentice First Class Archie Catavolos, a Cleveland native, received an overdue Silver Star that Mr. Catavolos earned in combat. The office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) worked with the family in their efforts to secure Mr. Catavolos’ overdue medal.
“Our veterans don’t often speak about their service. But through these medals and these ceremonies, we learn their stories,” said Brown. “As the longest-serving Ohioan on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and the son of a WWII veteran, it’s one of my greatest honors in this job to help veterans secure the medals they have earned.”
Mr. Catavolos served in the U.S. Navy during World War Two. He earned two Purple Hearts in addition to the Silver Star for his bravery at the battle of Okinawa, during which he continued to provide medical attention to wounded servicemembers while under enemy fire. After his service ended, Mr. Catavolos returned to Cleveland and continued to serve his community as a Cleveland police officer. Mr. Catavolos passed away in March 2011 at the age of 86.
Ohio veterans and the family members of deceased veterans may request military records and medals by contacting Senator Brown’s Cleveland office at (216) 522-7272 or by visiting the “Constituent Services” section of Brown’s website at brown.senate.gov.