U.S. Rep. Adam Smith congratulated CWO2 (Ret.) Christopher Navarre, Sr., on his distinguished service in the U.S. Army and on approval of his much-delayed Army Commendation Medal. Navarre had previously discovered an unprocessed write-up for the Army Commendation Medal / Citation for his service in Korea. He brought the write-up to Smith’s office, and Smith was able to drive the award process to a successful conclusion. Smith presented Navarre with the award on January 24, 2008.
“Mr. Navarre is a fantastic example of distinguished military service to our country and I was honored to have helped him obtain these important awards. A veteran of five World War II battles and three Korean War engagements, he put his life on the line for his country, and we are very grateful,” Smith said.
Navarre is a distinguished veteran of World War II and Korea. His awards include:
- The Silver Star
- The Purple Heart
- The Presidential Unit Citation
- The Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor
- Military Order of World Wars,
- Patrick Henry Silver Medallion
- 14 additional medals and citations
Smith was joined at the ceremony by Colonel Anthony Cruz, commander of the 6th Military Police Group (CID). The 6th Military Police Group (CID) is the community connector unit for the city of DuPont, working to increase interaction and understanding between the U.S. military and its local communities. After comments by Smith and Cruz, Cruz requested the orders be published. This allowed Smith to finally present Navarre with the commendation.
The master of ceremonies at Navarre’s award presentation, Master Sergeant Teddy Compton, called him “a priceless asset to the United States Army and his country.”
Cruz, Navarre, and Smith at the award presentation ceremony.