HAMDEN -- The Hamden community, along with Senator Chris Murphy, gathered on Memorial Day to honor local resident Fred Baselice with three medals he never received for his service during World War II.
Baselice was only 16 years-old when he first signed up for military service. He served in France during World War II and then came back to the U.S. to continue his service by working to help establish the Veteran's Hospital in West Haven.
Fred was honored when he received his awards at the Hamden Middle School from Senator Murphy. Senator Murphy has been dedicated to providing veterans who have not gotten their proper recognition.
Fred noted that he had many friends in the battlefields who never ended up making it home alive, and that's what today's holiday is truly about...honoring those brave men and women.