This week, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) posthumously presented the Silver Star to the family of World War I veteran Private First Class Nicholas Alberti.
During the War, Private First Class Nicholas Alberti was awarded a Citation for his gallantry during the war, which was later converted into the Silver Star in 1932. Despite being entitled to the Silver Star Medal, Alberti never received it.
This week, Rep. Zeldin presented the Silver Star to Private First Class Nicholas Alberti’s son, Sam, of Middle Island, and his family.
“Over 100 years ago, Private First Class Nicholas Alberti defended his country and its allies in one of the most horrific conflicts the world had ever seen. He fought valiantly, earning a citation which entitled him to an award he ultimately did not receive. I’m honored to be able to help recognize Private First Class Alberti’s legacy of bravery, by presenting this long-overdue Silver Star Medal to his family,” said Congressman Zeldin.
“After the war, the records of my father’s military service and the citation entitling him to his award were lost. While researching our history, my family found his citation online. I went to the Congressman’s office with it, who then worked to retrieve for us the award my father had earned. If it wasn’t for Congressman Zeldin, I don’t know if we ever would have gotten it,” said Nicholas Albert’s son Sam Alberti of Middle Island.