Terryville vet gets recognized at 94

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TERRYVILLE - The sound of applause, it’s what a World War II veteran in Terryville would rather hear. Wednesday evening, family, friends and other veterans honored Michael Sulkazi for his service.

Decades later, Sulkazi received several foreign war medals, which he’s been trying to get for years.

Leaders in Terryville eventually took note, making sure Sulkazi got his medals, including the Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal, Philippine Liberation medal and the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit citation, all for his service in the navy during World War II.

“They’re beautiful,” said Sulkazi.

Sulkazi said he remembers his time at war like it was yesterday. He spent much of it aboard the USS Chilton, traveling through the Pacific, delivering supplies to troops fighting overseas.

“We had to go north one day, then south the next day, then north again the other day south again,” said Sulkazi.

For Sulkazi, that was a harrowing task. During one mission, a ship next to Sulkazi's was blown up, but his bravery never wavered, which is why the American Legion wanted to make sure he received this recognition, which was long overdue.

“This kind of recognition means more than anything. This simple little medal like this that can be passed down through heritage to family members” said George Castle, Post 20 Commander of the American Legion.

Sulkazi said these medals won't be getting passed along anytime soon.

“I’m still young. 94-years-old, I’m still young,” said Sulkazi.