John Sangenario of Hampton accepts several World War II medals from United States Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, on behalf of his brother, Philip Sangenario, during a ceremony at the Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth on Thursday. Philip Sangenario, of Clinton, Mass., served in the “National Guard of the United States” from 1941-1945, and jumped into Normandy on D-Day as a member of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He died in 1991 without getting the medals he earned from his military service.
When Philip Sangenario returned home from World War II, like most veterans, he returned to normal life and did not talk about his service. But a few years ago, his brother, John, decided it might be worth pursuing the medals in his brother's honor, so future generations in their family would remember his service.