Today’s Star Spangled Salute honors 103-year old World War II veteran Peter Fantasia who is a living example of “better late than never”.   Peter was a member of Lima Company, of the 3rd Battalion of the 104th Regiment of the 26th Infantry Division as a U.S. Army medic.  In 1944, while tending to a wounded sergeant and lieutenant in foxhole, he was captured and held as a prisoner of war until freed by the Russians the following year. For his service he never received medals that were certainly due him, until just the other day.  Almost 75 years later, Peter received the Bronze Star and the Silver Star, the nation’s 3rd highest decoration for valor in combat, along with other medals.  Thank you for your service Peter.

 

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