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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Posthumously Awards Purple Heart to World War II Veteran Joseph G. Chicko

May 30, 2019
Press Release

Warren, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today posthumously awarded the Purple Heart to Private First Class Joseph G. Chicko, who was killed in action during World War II. On July 4, 1944, Joseph died from wounds received in action in France. He was a member of the 82nd Infantry, serving as a cook in the glider airborne division. Joseph also saw action in Sicily and Italy, before serving in Ireland and England. The medal was awarded to Joseph’s niece, Vickie Ball of Newton Falls.

“Private First Class Joseph G. Chicko was the embodiment of courage, dignity and integrity. There will never be enough awards or recognition to show how truly grateful we are for the sacrifices that he made for our country during World War II," said Congressman Ryan. “This Purple Heart is long overdue, but I am thankful that Joseph is finally receiving the honor and recognition he deserves. We are forever indebted to him.”

Photos of the event can be found here.