It was a very long time coming, but World War II Army veteran, Joe Alvestad, finally received his Bronze Star, earned 68-years ago.
In the fall of 1944, Private Alvestad was wounded in combat, as American forces fought their way north in Italy. With no medic on-hand, he then walked more than 10-miles to the nearest Army medical unit. After initial treatment, Joe Alvestad would then be hospitalized for the next two-years, before returning to his home in South Dakota.
More recently, a family friend contacted the Pentagon to see about replacing Mr. Alvestad's old medals. Unexpectedly, when the fresh, new ones arrived, there in the mix was a Bronze Star, duly earned, noted in his military records, but mistakenly never awarded. A great surprise and a fitting tribute to Joe Alvestad, who now resides in a South Dakota nursing facility, at age 96!
Yet another reminder of America's historically-heroic World War II warriors, whose duty, commitment and, too often, sacrifice, was in large measure responsible for restoring freedom to both nations and individuals, in what had become an oppressed and war-ravaged world.