WWII veteran finally receives medals

By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Edwin Watkins, a machine gunner during World War II, has finally received the medals he earned 67 years ago.

The Neshoba Democrat reports that Watkins was recently presented with the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The now 93-year-old Watkins was wounded in action in 1944. His family worked for years so that he could be properly honored nearly seven decades later.

Watkins was drafted in 1944, went to Camp Shelby to train and got into combat on June 9, 1944, three days after D-Day.

He traveled through Europe, Africa and the Middle East with the 104 Infantry Division as a light machine gunner.

His medals never caught up with him until now.

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