Fred Futterman was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross with two gold stars and an Air Medal decorated with three gold stars and two silver stars for his distinguished service in the Navy during World War II by Representative Anthony Weiner.
Futterman, who served as a member of Patrol Bombing Squadron 63 during World War II, traveled in hazardous flying conditions from Wales to North Africa to Iceland aboard seaplane PBY.
He completed a total of 73 combat missions between 1943 and 1944. In 1945, Futterman received a medal for his service.
Decades later, he realized there were more medals owed to him and contacted Weiner’s office through the Kingsborough Community College’s veterans group in June.
Weiner was able to secure the medals the Navy forgot by providing them with records of Futterman’s flight logs and tallying his completed missions.
“In the face of great danger, Mr. Futterman has served with devotion and courage,” said Weiner. “These medals are a long time coming and I am honored to recognize his heroism and love of country.”