November 11, 2012

Combat engineer's records yield posthumous Bronze Star

Combat engineer's records yield posthumous Bronze Star


“Just before sailing for D-Day at Salerno. Big turnout considering the fact that only four of us ever went to church before,” Paul joked in the caption.

Another shot shows the entire company, mostly smiling for the camera, with an ominous caption: “Our Company. 27 men will not return.”


Like his father, Leo kept moving forward, tracking down assistance in getting the medal.

With the help of Clinton County Veteran’s Service Agency Director Steven Bowman, and former director Warren Manor, he gathered the historical information he needed.

“I just want to give credit to Mr. Manor and Mr. Bowman; they really helped me a lot with getting this done,” Leo said. “I also need to give credit to U.S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh for taking the time to sign the proclamation.”

Now, to Paul’s personal archives of war and peace, Leo has added the Bronze Star his father earned.

A collection, Leo said, that is worth more than words and tells a story of honor.

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