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World War II veteran’s family gets his medals

October 25, 2018 - 7:10 am

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A World War II veteran from Rhode Island who participated in the D-Day invasion has been posthumously awarded several medals he earned for his service but never received.

The medals earned by Elmer Howard Lenzen Jr. were given Wednesday to his daughter, Mary Ann Ballard, during a ceremony in the office of Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.

The medals included the Good Conduct Medal; the American Campaign Medal; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 bronze Service Stars; and the World War II Victory Medal.

Lenzen was born in Providence in 1919 and enlisted in the Army in 1942. He served in the Chemical Maintenance Company, helping with the maintenance of weaponry and other tasks. He was injured by shrapnel in Europe.

He died of lung cancer in 1965.

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