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Iowa veteran honored for World War II service

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GREENE (KWWL) -

"Walter Wunsch, a man, husband, dad, our hero."

Walter Wunsch was honored in Greene Saturday for his services in World War II.

Wunsch was an Army medic, and at one point during the war, he volunteered to give aid to an injured soldier in a minefield.

In pursuit, he stepped on a mine and it blew off his ankle, and severely injured his legs.

He disregarded his own safety and continued to treat the injured soldier.

"To see him honored in this way by the country 70 years after he made this sacrifice is huge," says his son in law, Keith Kinnard.

It took 70 years because Wunsch had no idea he received a Silver Star Medal for his actions.

"He never mentioned it, and none of the family was aware of it," says Kinnard.

The family learned about the medal after they found a write-up about him online. 

They contacted the Army to verify it.

Finally, it was time for Walter to get the recognition he deserved. 

"I've had the honor to give out a lot of awards and medals, but I don't think I've seen this many people at a meeting before," says Senator Chuck Grassley.

With more than 100 people watching, Senator Grassley gave his wife Ruth the Silver Star.

"It's never too late to honor a veteran," says Kinnard.

The Silver Star is the third highest honor in the Army.

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