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(Tribune News Service) — Wisconsin Rep. Derrick Van Orden announced Tuesday five military medals will be awarded to 102-year-old Neil Korn of Chippewa Falls.

Korn is a retired U.S. Army private first class who served from Jan. 8, 1943, to Dec. 15, 1944.

“We can never fully thank veterans for their service to our country, but we absolutely should ensure they receive the recognition they deserve for their sacrifices. I look forward to presenting this American hero with the medals he earned through his honorable service to our nation,” Van Orden said.

Korn completed battles and campaigns in Normandy, France, northern France and Rhineland, Germany.

“As a retired U.S. Navy SEAL, it is an absolute honor to secure these medals for Mr. Neil Korn and recognize his commitment to fighting for peace and freedom during World War II,” Van Orden said.

The medals to be awarded to Korn include:

  • Good Conduct Medal, awarded to active duty enlisted military members who conducted honorable and faithful service.

  • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, awarded to military service members who performed military duty in the European Theater, with the Army Three Bronze Stars.

  • World War II Victory Medal, awarded to active duty service members who served during Dec. 7, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946.

  • Army of Occupation Medal, awarded for 30 consecutive days at a normal post of duty on assignment of the armies of occupation, with the Germany Clasp.

  • Honorable Service Lapel Button, awarded for honorable federal military service between 1925 and 1946.

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Wisconsin Rep. Derrick Van Orden announced Tuesday five military medals — including the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, pictured, awarded to military service members who performed military duty in the European Theater — will be awarded to 102-year-old Neil Korn of Chippewa Falls. Korn is a retired U.S. Army private first class who served from Jan. 8, 1943, to Dec. 15, 1944.

Wisconsin Rep. Derrick Van Orden announced Tuesday five military medals — including the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, pictured, awarded to military service members who performed military duty in the European Theater — will be awarded to 102-year-old Neil Korn of Chippewa Falls. Korn is a retired U.S. Army private first class who served from Jan. 8, 1943, to Dec. 15, 1944. (Alexx Pons/U.S. Air Force graphic)

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