ISLETA PUEBLO – Two Isleta Pueblo members who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War were recently presented with military medals they earned but never received.
During a ceremony Friday at Isleta Pueblo, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall pinned the replacement medals on All Pueblo Council of Governors Chairman E. Paul Torres and former Isleta Tribal Councilman Diego Lujan.
Udall, a Democrat from New Mexico, said he sought the replacements for the two veterans after he learned Torres did not have his discharge papers or his medals. Udall also found out Lujan never received five of his medals.
“It’s a small gesture for your service,” Udall told the men. “We are honored to share it with you.”