MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressman Denham to Present Combat Infantryman Badge to Vietnam Veteran Wednesday

Jan 8, 2013 Issues: Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will honor Vietnam combat veteran and Turlock native Rufino “Joe” Centeno with the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) among other awards and decorations earned for his distinguished service during the Vietnam War in 1968, but did not receive following his discharge from the armed services.

“As a veteran myself, one of my greatest honors is my ability to help those who served our nation receive the recognition they are owed for their distinguished service,” said Rep. Denham. “Mr. Centeno is a distinguished American who waited far too long to receive his Combat Infantry Badge, and I’m pleased our office could help secure due acknowledgment for his heroism during combat in Vietnam.”

Last October, Rep. Denham’s office worked with the National Personnel Records Center as well as the U.S. Army Awards and Decoration Branch on behalf of Mr. Centeno to obtain the Combat Infantryman Badge for acts of heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam on April 18, 1968. While reviewing this request, the Army’s awards program verified Mr. Centeno’s entitlement to the Combat Infantryman Badge as well as six additional awards and decorations listed below.

In keeping with the tradition and Army regulation, Rep. Denhman will present the awards to Mr. Centeno in a formal ceremony at the Modesto Vet Center in an audience of his peers on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.


Media are invited to attend, and additional details are provided below:


Who:    U.S. Representative Jeff Denham

            Specialist Rufino L. Centeno, United States Army


What:   Formal presentation ceremony of following awards and decoration:

  • The Combat Infantryman Badge
  • Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device
  • Army Good Conduct Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal and Silver Service Star
  • Valorous Unit Award
  • Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
  • Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal Unit Citation, First Class


When: Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 12:00 p.m. PST


Where: Modesto Vet Center, 1219 N Carpenter Road, Modesto, CA