101-Year-Old Veteran Honored for Heroism
Although it took 70 years, a 101-year-old World War II veteran was finally honored for his heroic acts in WWII. U.S. Army Pvt. Horace Appleby earned the dozen medals and recognition for acts of heroism on a European battlefield where he dashed into enemy fire to save a fellow soldier.
The 101-year-old veteran was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Honorable Service Lapel Button and the Marksman Badge with rifle bar.
Horace Appleby, who lives in Toledo, Ohio, didn't consider himself a military hero. Instead, he called what he did on Jan. 6, 1945 as simply a soldier's duty.
101-Year-Old Veteran Recalls the Days Events
According to a Fox News article
Appleby's recollection remains clear of his time as a member of Company E, 180th Infantry Regiment. Deployed in Europe, Appleby's unit was dug in and under fire for 22 months when an Axis onslaught finally forced it to withdraw. When the men realized one of their own was missing, Appleby braved enemy fire to go back and retrieve the man, according to military documents.
"I didn't think much about it," shrugged Appleby, a Tuscaloosa, Ala. native who was drafted on July 31, 1941 at age 27. "I did what I had to do."
A Push to Honor a WWII Hero
It was Appleby's great-niece, Renee Hahn, who - as started researching Appleby's military records - found the military documents that proved her great uncle was an American hero. Later, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, became involved. Kaptur made sure the 101-year-old World War II veteran was recognized for the heroic actions which once risked his life.
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