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Clarksville WWII Veteran finally receives medals


Six decades after he was injured in the war, a Clarksville native finally got his medals of honor today.

Representative Bruce Braley delivered them to 93-year-old Henry Johnson.

This world war two army veteran received a purple heart, bronze star, and six other medals.

Johnson served 10 months in Italy as an army telephone switchboard operator during world war two.

He was wounded the month before the war ended. He says the war helped him grow up.

"Before the war I had never been out of the state of Iowa so I'd never been anywhere, but it was quite an experience to go to war and spend the winter there training," Said Johnson. "And then we went overseas. It was an experience that you never forget."

Braley's office says that it is thought that thousands of World War II veterans have never received medals they earned due to shortages in materials after the war.

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