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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River-OH-16)

U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) today released a new Thank-a-Vet Thursday (#TVT) video featuring U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Masin who served in the South Pacific during World War II. The video is part of a longer interview that will be preserved in American history as part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.

Richard enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school at age 17 and served three years of active duty from 1943 – 1946. During his time in the Navy, Richard earned his shellback crossing the equator on December 24, 1943 as part of the crew for the USS Alnitah, a cargo ship that transported troops and supplies throughout the Pacific theatre from January 1944 to late July 1945. For his service, Richard was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Navy Good Conduct Medal.

Richard’s story is shared on Rep. Gonzalez’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages as part of Rep. Gonzalez’s #TVT social media initiative to thank veterans for their service and is an excerpt of a longer interview conducted for the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. Rep. Gonzalez invites and encourages social media users to post photos and videos using #TVT to recognize America’s military veterans. All #TVT videos can be found on Rep. Gonzalez’s YouTube channel and official Facebook page.