WWII vet receives Bronze Star after 70-year wait

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – After a 70-year wait, a World War II veteran from Wisconsin finally has his Bronze Star Medal.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan on Monday awarded the Bronze Star to 93-year-old Ted Shaw at a ceremony in Janesville.

Shaw enlisted in the Army in 1940, before the U.S. entered the war, and served until 1945. Near the end of his service, Shaw’s company landed in France and went toward Belgium and Luxemburg through Germany as part of General George Patton’s Third Army.

The Janesville Gazette reports World War II veterans who earned the Combat Infantryman Badge for actively engaging the enemy in ground combat are eligible to receive the Bronze Star. Confusion about the medal’s criteria in the 1940s caused many soldiers, including Shaw, to be shorted the Bronze Star.

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