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WWII vet's widow receives long-overdue Silver Star

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The widow of a Butler Co. World War II veteran will receive a long-overdue Silver Star this weekend.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will present the award to Mrs. Ruth Wunsch on Saturday at the Community Center in Greene, Iowa. During WWII, her husband, Mr. Walter H. Wunsch, served in the U.S. Army Medical battalion. He was stationed in Germany.

He volunteered to enter a minefield to reach a wounded soldier. Before he could reach him, he stepped on a mine, and suffered multiple wounds to his feet and legs. Sen. Grassley's office says Wunsch continued on with no regard for his own safety, and treated the injured soldier.

For this, he was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star, though he never received the Star. The Purple Heart is award to service members who are wounded in combat. The Silver Star is the Army's third-highest honor for valor.

Mr. Wunsch died in 2002. His family then discovered the mistake, and worked with Sen. Grassley's office to rectify it.

Wunsch's family and friend will attend the ceremony, where Grassley will present them with the medal. Mrs. Wunsch currently lives in Allison.

"We all value the sacrifice and service of our veterans," Grassley said. "It's an honor to be a part of these medal ceremonies."

The event will be from 2-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4. The community center is located at 202 W South St, in Greene.

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