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My dad got his medals

I'm remembering my father, who is, fortunately, still alive.  He's 83 years old.  Some months ago I began pestering him to write to the DoD and get his medals re-issued.  He received, among other things, a bronze star for his efforts in WWII.  (He also has a good conduct medal, but I told him that it must have been a mistake.)  As he tells it, when he was returning from Europe and WWII, he was on a ship in the harbor when there was an announcement that anyone with "souvenirs" would be arrested.  Dad apparently had some souvenirs in his ditty bag, including a luger.  He tossed his ditty bag into the harbor.  Unfortunately, his medals were in the bag as well.  A lot of people kept their souvenirs and, as it turns out, nobody was searched or arrested for souvenirs, so he lost that stuff for nothing.

The re-issued medals arrived Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  He is sending them to me, he said.  I'm going to make a shadow box for them and hang them in my home.  He said he only got them re-issued because I kept pestering him about them.

by gdfrogsdong on May 31 at 8:59 AM EST

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