MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A World War II veteran waited nearly 70 years to receive a long-overdue award.
The Mail-Tribune (http://is.gd/0jCjhT ) reports Evon "Bud" Pennington received his Bronze Star on his 92nd birthday.
Pennington was surrounded Saturday afternoon by family and friends to mark the occasion.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden's office presented him the Bronze Star in a small ceremony in the family's backyard in Medford.
John Howard, who is Walden's director of constituent services, says the nation can't thank Pennington enough for his service.
Pennington was an Army infantryman who served in the Pacific campaign of World War II, helping take the island of Okinawa.
The Bronze Star is recognized across every branch of the military and is one of the highest combat honors a soldier can receive.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/