A 103-year-old World War II veteran gets his combat medals, 75 years later

A 103-year-old Army veteran Peter Fantasia from Somerville, Massachusetts received eight (8) medals on a special ceremony last week.

A 103-year-old World War II veteran gets his combat medals, 75 years later

Those medals included the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, and American Defense Service Medal.

US Rep. Seth Moulton presented him with the medals as a way of honoring Fantasia for what he did.

“He is a true example to the rest of the country and the community what American heroism is all about,” Moulton said.

Fantasia served in Company L, 3rd Battalion, 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division as a US Army medic, according to CNN affiliate WHDH.

While serving, Fantasia faced hard times. He was captured in Rodalbe, France.In 1944 while tending to a wounded sergeant and lieutenant in a foxhole, he was held as a prisoner of war until he was liberated by Russian forces on April 28, 1945.

None of those experiences stopped him from doing his work and he received honors for that.

According to Tim Biba from Moulton’s office, Fantasia previously received his Silver Star. It is the nation’s third-highest award for valor in combat.

Fantasia was so happy with the ceremony and affirmed that God has been good.

“God has been good. I don’t know what to say,” Fantasia told WHDH

 

Source: CNN 

 

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