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Little Valley World War II Veteran Receives Long-Deferred Honors

January 24, 2014

LITTLE VALLEY — It’s taken 70 years, but on Jan. 4, Little Valley resident Frank West proudly accepted a chestful of medals, presented to him by New York State Sen. Catharine Young....

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forurinfo

Jan-26-14 8:17 AM

Thank you for your service Mr. West. The other issue is the thousands of military records that were lost to fire in LA several years ago. My Dad couldn't even have his medical records reviewed for disability adjustments because all of his service records were destroyed along with thousands of others. Thanks to Gary Fry, Commander of AMVETS who finally pushed for resolution the day of of Dad's death he received compensation for is disability. Of course my Mom was made to prove to Penn Bank the exact minute of my father's death to cash the check, but it happened.

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50s4ever

Jan-24-14 8:57 AM

During the war it was common for a soldier to never have a medal physically issued, and the paperwork be far behind them. After the war, they put it behind them, and would usually remark that they didn't do anything other guys didn't do. I am surprised his purple heart didn't catch up with him in hospital, especially the second one. That time period was very busy. My Brother was in the same operations, and never got any recommended awards since the HQ files were hit by artillery.

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HadENOUGH

Jan-24-14 8:04 AM

I wondered that too Jhwinnyc but never the less, THANK YOU for your service Sergeant West and may God bless!! And thank you Senator Young! A lovely gracious lady who does more for the veterans in this area then the VA itself I think!

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Jhwinnyc

Jan-24-14 5:47 AM

Am I missing something? Where in this article does it explain how the honors, citations and recognition he so richly deserves were delayed for 70 years?

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