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Trump to award Medal of Honor to deceased WWII veteran

The U.S. Army, Lt. Garlin Murl Conner is seen in this undated photo.

(AP Photo/Courtesy Conner Family Attorney)

President Trump will award posthumously the Medal of Honor a second world War veteran for gallantry displayed as an Army intelligence officer during the final months of the war, the White House said Thursday.

Trump will honor then-1st Lt. Garlin Conner posthumously for his actions on Jan. 24, 1945. According to the White House, Conner left a position of relative safety to get in a better position “to direct artillery fire on the attacking enemy infantry and armor.”

Conner remained in a vulnerable position for three hours, in spite of the enemy who are within five meters of his position and friendly grenades explode around him.

According to Military.com, Conner’s heroism took place during a battle near Houssen, in the northeast of France. The website reported that Conner had received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in the battle.

According to a citation for the Distinguished Service Cross, Conner “was individually credited with stopping more than 150 Germans, destroying all the [six German] tanks and completely disintegrating the powerful enemy assault force and preventing heavy loss of life in his own outfit.”

Conner, a Kentucky native, enlisted in the Army in March 1941 and saw combat in North Africa, Sicily and Western Europe during the second world War. In all, Conner received four Silver Stars, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts in addition to the Distinguished Service Cross. He died in 1998, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Conner’s wife and family will join Trump in the White House for the medal ceremony. A date is not set.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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