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WWII Veteran Finally Receives Medals In Surprise Ceremony

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A World War II veteran received some very special surprise recognition for his service.

Dick Holland Sr. never received the medals he earned while serving as a torpedo bomber pilot in the South Pacific.

"We were anxious to get home," Holland told FOX. "We'd been there almost 2 1/2 years, we were anxious to get home. We were happy it was over."

The lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve was so happy that he never got his medals. He went on to marry his sweetheart and raise a family. Thanks to his children and grandchildren, the 91-year-old finally received his awards.

Inside his home Saturday, Holland received the American Campaign medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal, and the Philippine Liberation Medal, along with a special proclamation from the state House of Representatives and a certificate of appreciation from the Navy.

 

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