• Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, pins a medal on former Staff Sgt. Theo Calvin for medals he earned during World War II but had never received during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens May 28. Calvin's wife is by his side.

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    Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, pins a medal on former Staff Sgt. Theo Calvin for medals he earned during World War II but had never received during the...

  • Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, left, and his chief of staff, Col. Jimmy Jenkins, talk with retired Sgt. Maj. Billy Duncan before the Memorial Day ceremony at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens on May 28.

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    Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, left, and his chief of staff, Col. Jimmy Jenkins, talk with retired Sgt. Maj. Billy Duncan before the Memorial Day ceremony at the Alabama Veterans Museum and...

  • U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command employees came to Athens to honor Memorial Day and support the commanding general, who was the guest speaker at the ceremony sponsored by the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives May 28. From left are: Lt. Col. Greg Ash, deputy chief of staff, G-1; Maj. Eric Strom, CG's aide; Cecil Longino, strategic initiatives group; Marco Morales, public affairs officer; and Dottie White, public affairs specialist and the command's community events coordinator.

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    U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command employees came to Athens to honor Memorial Day and support the commanding general, who was the guest speaker at the ceremony sponsored by the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives...

  • Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica is interviewed by local television stations before the Memorial Day ceremony at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives May 28 in Athens, Ala. Formica was the guest speaker of the ceremony.

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    Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica is interviewed by local television stations before the Memorial Day ceremony at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives May 28 in Athens, Ala. Formica was the guest speaker of the ceremony.

  • Sandy Thompson, Limestone County Veterans Museum and Archives, Theo Calvin, and Calvin's wife show respect during the posting of the colors at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens May 28. Calvin, in a special ceremony, was awarded medals he earned during World War II but had never received.

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    Sandy Thompson, Limestone County Veterans Museum and Archives, Theo Calvin, and Calvin's wife show respect during the posting of the colors at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens May 28. Calvin, in a special ceremony, was...

  • Robert Hooie, commander, American Legion Post 49, presents a certificate of appreciation to Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, for his participation in the Memorial Day ceremony at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens May 28.

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    Robert Hooie, commander, American Legion Post 49, presents a certificate of appreciation to Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, for his participation in the...

  • Col. Jimmy Jenkins, chief of staff, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, visits with Limestone County residents after the Memorial Day ceremony at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens May 28.

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    Col. Jimmy Jenkins, chief of staff, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, visits with Limestone County residents after the Memorial Day ceremony at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens May 28.

ATHENS, Ala. - Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, and more than a dozen command employees joined with the Athens community to honor Memorial Day May 28 at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives.

In addition to the planned ceremony, Formica had the honor to present medals to former Staff Sgt. Theo Calvin that he earned for actions during World War II but had never received.

"From time to time, the Army makes mistakes," Formica said. "I'm very pleased to have the honor and privilege of correcting one of those oversights."

Calvin enlisted in 1942 and served for almost three years. During his service, he fought in the Sicily Invasion, landed at Omaha Beach, and helped hold the line near Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

Calvin had already received two Purple Hearts, an Army Good Conduct Medal, the Infantry Rifleman's Badge and several campaign ribbons. Formica presented Calvin with the Combat Infantryman Badge, a Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal with German Clasp, and the Belgian Fourragere.

Formica was the guest speaker for the Memorial Day ceremony, and he took the opportunity to remind the audience what Memorial Day is about.

"Today we honor sacrifice. We remember those who gave their lives in service to our country," Formica said. "Since the birth of our nation, tragically over one million men and women in uniform have died to defend our country.

"Freedom isn't free," Formica said. "Every Soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, and member of the Coast Guard writes a blank check when they raise their right hand and swear to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States. To the veterans - thank you for your service, to those who have lost a loved one - thank you for allowing us to honor your loss today."

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