He doesn't remember when or how he received it. But he remembers the experience of spending 23 days on a ship with 5,000 servicemen as the ship sailed from California to New Guinea.
And as we talked, more memories came to Cislaghi's mind. Cislaghi said he was about "18 or 19" when he was drafted. He had already graduated from Joliet Township High School and was working at a manufacturing company.
"I was a welder," Cislaghi said. "We were making torpedoes for the Navy."
His brother Emil (deceased) had joined the Army four years earlier. His friends were drafted, too. Cislaghi did not mind the draft, no one did. he said.
"We had no problem serving. It was an honor," Cislaghi said. "This is our country. You've got to defend it."
But serving had a practical side, too.
"At that time, the Army was like a job because there was no work, before the war, anyway, because of the Depression," Cislaghi said. "We got $21 a month. That's a lot of money."
Out of that $21, Cislaghi paid his life insurance. He has no photos of himself from his time of service.
"I couldn't afford a camera," he said.
After being assigned to the Air Force, Cislaghi was sent to Jefferson Barracks Military Post in Missouri for basic training, then to Camp Lee in Virginia to learn how to drive a truck and finally to California to board the Navy ship to New Guinea.
"On the boat was a fellow from Joliet I hadn't seen in a long time," Cislaghi said. "I happened to see him in the chow line. I said, 'Hey are you so and so?' and he said, 'Yeah, how are you doing?' And then I never saw him again."
Cislaghi's bunk was near the kitchen so he never had to wait long for his food.
"We didn't have no chairs in the eating area. It was just a lot of straight tables," Cislaghi said. "You just put your plate on the table and you ate standing up."
Cislaghi was seasick for part of the trip and refused to go up on deck during a drill. So a lieutenant came to fetch him.
"I remember saying, 'I don't care if the ship goes up or down, I'm not getting out of here,'" Cislaghi said. "I was that sick. And he walked away. That's something, not obeying orders. But he saw I was sick."
Cislaghi said when the sailors crossed the dateline, they shaved a stripe down the middle of their heads and kissed the bare belly of a certain sailor who pretended to be King Neptune. The Air Force passengers were excused from the ritual, he said.
"We just had the freedom of the trip," Cislaghi said.
The passengers did spray water on each other with a hose, he said. Mostly, Cislaghi added, they had nothing to do but walk around the ship.
In actuality, the sailors celebrated crossing the dateline sooner than they actually crossed it, for security reasons, he said. The danger of being torpedoed was greater at the dateline, he added.
"When we were on that ship, we never went in a straight line," Cislaghi aid. "We zigzagged all the time so not give the submarine a chance to torpedo the ship."
After staying in New Guinea for two weeks, Cislaghi was sent to a truck company in Darwin, Australia where he worked for nine months.