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Pearl Harbor survivior to receive overdue medals

By Associated Press


TUCSON, Ariz.>> A 91-year-old Tucson veteran will be getting a special medal from Arizona Congressman Ron Barber on Monday.

Barber's office says Pearl Harbor survivor Clarence W. Ellquist will receive the Navy's last Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal. He also will be presented with eight other medals to which he was entitled but never received.

In 1941, Ellquist was a 19-year-old Gunner's Mate 3rd Class assigned to the USS Preble. He volunteered to help fight fires on ships that had been attacked in the harbor and to reload weapons on ships that weren't damaged.

After Pearl Harbor, he served in the Pacific throughout the war.

A limited number of the commemorative medals were produced for those who were certified as eligible by their branch of service. The Navy says the one Ellquist will receive is the last medal it has to distribute.

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cojef wrote:
Long overdue medal being bestowed to a deserving veteran. Lest we forget the true heroes of WWII as they are dying and there will be none left.
on April 7,2013 | 07:44AM
atilter wrote:
my,my,my, - "survivior"? really? it seems that monopoly and accuracy ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS! has our principal periodical decided to OUT SOURCE writing responsibilities? one can only wonder which of our international friends has the dubious distinction?
on April 7,2013 | 04:06PM
atilter wrote:
"...medals to which he was entitled but never received." what's wrong with this picture??? how can national pride and spirit be maintained by seeing examples such as this? the govt via the DOD has been remiss in its responsibility to its heroes! if the govt doesn't care or treats its retired members/survivors this way, why should the general citizenry give a s--- about anything the country does, and needs our support?
on April 7,2013 | 04:29PM
atilter wrote:
"sent for approval" by a rag that can't even print correct titles!!!
on April 7,2013 | 04:30PM
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