WWII Veteran Receives Medals 75 Year After He Earned Them

Harold Curry is a 95-year-old WWII veteran.  He recently received the medals he earned 75 years ago.

He wasn’t even aware he was supposed to get them because the military was discharging soldiers so quickly they just handed them the discharge and sent them home.

“My father found his discharge papers a couple of months ago, and when we were reading through them, we realized that there were some medals listed that he didn’t really know that he earned,” said Carna Curry, his daughter.

There were two bronze stars listed in the paperwork.  Curry never noticed because, after 38 months overseas and giving the Army a lot of effort, he had been released so he left it alone.

Recently, he received the medals he was due.  His family investigated his military records to find out exactly what he was due.

They applied for Curry’s medical records but were informed that his records were among those destroyed in a fire in the St. Louis archives years ago. The paperwork that they were able to accumulate were sent to the military to keep in the archives as the official documentation, Fox News reported.

Friends and family watched him receive his medals in his living room.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE