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Wisconsin WWII veteran, 93, finally awarded Bronze Star

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A Wisconsin World War II veteran finally got his due Monday in Janesville when he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, The Janesville Gazette reports.

Ted Shaw, 93, was awarded the Bronze Star by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan in front of a teary-eyed crowd that included members of the veteran's family.

“Ted is an important part of our history,” Ryan said at the ceremony. “It's a real opportunity for us to see a person right in our midst who has done so much for our country."

The Gazette says two Army sergeants snapped to attention between the American and Wisconsin flags as Shaw rose to received the medal from Ryan.

The ceremony was more than 70 years in the making for Shaw, who enlisted in the Army in 1940 and served until 1945. The Gazette says Shaw was part of a company that landed in France and went toward Belgium and Luxembourg through Germany as part of Gen. George Patton's Third Army.

Shaw's long wait for the Bronze Star stemmed from some confusion over criteria for the medal for soldiers who served in the 1940s, the Gazette says.

The Department of Defense says the Bronze Star Medal was authorized by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Feb. 4, 1944, retroactive to service after Dec. 7, 1941.

The blog Army Writer says the Bronze Star Medal is awarded to those who have "distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party."

Also Monday, the remains of a soldier killed in action 63 years ago in North Korea during the Korean War were returned to his family in Fargo, North Dakota.

According to Forum News Service, Army Cpl. Cletus R. Lies was one of thousands of American military personnel who remained unaccounted for. But in 1991, when North Korea began providing the U.S. with more than 200 boxes of remains, DNA was analyzed to identify the dead, including Lies.

More than 50 local veterans and veteran supporters joined Lies' family members on the tarmac of the Hector International Airport in Fargo to pay respect to Lies, after his remains were carried in by U.S. military personnel on a flight from Hawaii, Forum News Service says.

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