This decoration authorized by Executive Order No. 9419 on February 4, 1944, is awarded a person in any branch of the military service who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States on or after December 7, 1941, shall have distinguished himself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy. Illustration by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. This image is 4x6 inches @200 ppi.
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) -- Euell Stutts of Florence got a Bronze Star pinned to his lapel 66 years after he left Europe as a sergeant in Worl War II to return home to north Alabama.
Stutts was honored Friday night at a veterans' dinner in Huntsville. He should have received the award upon his discharge, but some got overlooked because of the high volume of heroes leaving the armed forces.
He told the TimesDaily (http://bit.ly/TCXQl3 ) that the veterans' dinner made a big deal out of it. He even got the award pinned on by a two-star general.
Stutts served in Europe with the Army as it advanced from France into Germany. He said his regiment fought the whole way and helped liberate a concentration camp in Germany.