John “Jack” Callahan, a 54-year resident of Glendolen, was awarded the Presidential Medal 75 years after he earned it for his military service in World War II, writes Peg DeGrassa for Delaware County News Network.
Callahan had served in the Army from 1942 to 1946. He was a part of the Fifth Army Division of the 85th Calvary Mechanized Reconnaissance during The Battle of The Hürtgen Forest in Germany.
He was transferred to the 10th Infantry Division immediately after the battle, and was soon discharged.
After he returned home, he learned members of the 85th Calvary received a Presidential Unit Citation. However, due to his transfer, he went unrecognized for his service.
For years, the Army Veteran attempted to get the medal he rightfully deserved, but his efforts were fruitless.
Finally, 75 years on, with the help from his friends and neighbors, he managed to prove he served in one of the most horrendous battles of WWII. On May 20, Callahan received a letter from the Army stating his service record was corrected. A month later, he finally received the Presidential Unit Citation.
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