Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) had the distinct honor of awarding 92-year-old Utah veteran Lewis Frongner with eight medals today he should have received from his service in World War II.
Frongner served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of Operations for 20 months. В He was in the 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Division as a light mortar crewman. В He would set up and fire a 60-millimeter mortar gun to place explosive shells on enemy positions; and would adjust the mortar for elevation and deflection.
Lewis returned home from his military service with only the clothes on his back, and never received the military medals he should have been given as a result of his courageous and honorable service.
вЂњLewis is a member of a very select group of individuals вЂ“ getting fewer and fewer in number вЂ“ the living veterans of World War II,вЂќ Hatch stated. В вЂњAmerica is free because of its veterans. В Lewis and so many others like him have blessed our nation and its people with freedom and peace.вЂќ
FrongnerвЂ™s nephew, В Stephen Frongner, brought his UncleвЂ™s case to Senator HatchвЂ™s attention and work began to ensure that the medals received their proper home.
Senator Hatch presented the following medals today:
The Good Conduct Medal
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars
The World War II Victory Medal
The Army of Occupation Medal with Japan Clasp
The Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award
The Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 Bronze Service Star
The Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII
AndвЂ“ the Bronze Star Medal.
Frongner resides in Morgan, Utah.