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94-year-old Kentucky-veteran receives medals 72 years too late

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A 94-year-old AMERICAN veteran of the Marine waited 72 years, but he has finally received the medals that he, as a result of the second world War.

William Edward Gilbert is a patient of Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The hospital said he recently called to his providers that he had never received his medals. The providers took care of the problem.

On Thursday, Rear Adm. Michael E. Jabaley presented to the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, a Silver Star, and American Campaign Medal from Gilbert, who was surrounded by three generations of a family. Gilbert told WHAS-TV , “It feels really good to get it.”

Gilbert lives with his only son, Bruce. Gilbert’s son said his father served from 1943 to 1946 and served on the USS Indiana in the Pacific during the war, earning the rank of supervisor from the partner.

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