Army board to consider if veteran should get Medal of Honor

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An Army board will consider new evidence to decide whether a deceased World War II veteran should receive the Medal of Honor.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1IjcdYz ) the Army Board for Correction of Military Records recently received sworn statements from three eyewitnesses crediting Army First Lieutenant Garlin Conner with helping save the lives of fellow soldiers during the war.

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Conner’s 85-year-old widow Lydia Conner of Albany has been campaigning for 18 years to have the Army reconsider the record of her late husband.

Conner earned four Silver stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during 28 consecutive months of combat during the war.

The Army board first rejected Conner’s application in 1997 and turned away an appeal in June 2000.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

 

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