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World War II veteran receives overdue medals after shrapnel found in leg

World War II veteran receives overdue medals after shrapnel found in leg


LOAN RELIEF WERE IDENTIFIED. THEY WANT ANY REMAINING, OUTSTANDING LOANS ERASED. A 93-YEAR-OLD MILITARY HERO HERE IN THE BAY AREA FINALLY GETTING THE RECOGNITION THAT HE DESERVES. HE’S A NAVY VETERAN RECEIVING SEVERAL PRESTIGIOUS MEDALS TODAY IN TAMPA FOR HIS SERVICE IN WORLD WAR II AFTER A DISCOVERY YOU REALLY HAVE TO HEAR TO BELIEVE. J.B. BIUNNO JOINS US LIVE IN STUDIO. THIS WAS ORGANIZED BY A CONGRESSWOMAN KATHY CASTOR, RIGHT? Reporter: YEAH, I THINK SHE WOULD AGREE WITH EVERYBODY OUT THERE THIS IS LONG OVERDUE. RAYMOND CHAMBERS IS BELIEVED TO BE UNINJURED DURING WORLD WAR II, BUT DURING A HOSPITAL VISIT 60 YEARS LATER, THEY DISCOVERED SHRAPNEL IN HIS LEG FROM SIX DECADES PRIOR. FOR THE UNKNOWN INJURY AND HIS HEROISM, CHAMBERS IS THE LATEST RECIPIENT OF THREE PRESTIGIOUS MEDALS PART OF A SPECIAL CEREMONY HERE. ONE OF THOSE THE ASIATIC PACIFIC MEDAL. HE WAS A MEMBER FROM 1943, TO 1964, DEPLOYED OVERSEAS ONMULTIPLE OCCASIONS INCLUDING EYE WOULD IWO JIMA. THE CONGRESSMAN THANKED RAYMOND. TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE A WORLD WAR II VETERAN, A MEMBER OF THE GREATEST GENERATION WHO PRESERVED OUR FREEDOMS, FOUGHT FOR LIBERTY, IT’S AN HONOR TO RECOGNIZE HIM HERE TODAY. ♪ ♪ GOD BLESS AMERICA ♪ MY HOME — ♪ Reporter: RAYMOND ONE OF 16 MILLION AMERICANS WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN WORLD WAR II. THERE’S ONLY ABOUT 500,000 LEFT. AS YOU SAW TODAY, SOME ARE YET TO RECEIVE THE RIGHTFUL RECOGNITION THAT THEY EARNED THROUGH THEIR SACRIFICE. IF YOU KNOW ANYBODY OUT THERE DESERVING OF SUCH RECOGNITION, YOU’RE ASKED TO CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE THEY GET THAT RECOGNITION THAT THEY’VE EARNED AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS. WHAT A TOUGH GUY THOUGH TO GO SIX DECADES AND BE LIKE, OH, — BY THE WAY. WHEN THEY CHECKED OUT HIS LEG, THEY FOUND IT IN THE HOSPITAL ALL THAT SHRAPNEL IN HIS LEG FROM SIX DECADES PRIOR. NICE TO SEE IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO GET THE MEDALS THAT


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