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Iowa veterans receive awards decades later

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The wait for two Iowa veterans ended Monday when they were presented with some long overdue medals.

WWII veteran, Edward Peters and Korean War veteran, Howard Masters both served in the Army and were honored with awards, but didn’t receive them for roughly six decades.

Peters served from 1944-1946. He received the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal & Bronze Star Attachment, WWII Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge 1st Award, Philippine Libertarian Ribbon & Bronze Star Attachment, Honorable Service Lapel Button, and the Sharpshooter Badge & Rifle Bar.

Masters served from 1951-1953. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, and the United Nations Service Medal.

The men notified Bridges Senior Lifestyle Living Center in Waterloo, saying that they had been awarded medals, but never received them. Staff at Bridges Senior Lifestyle Living Center helped to track them down.

The service medals were presented by Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley.

“It is an honor and privilege to be able to give these veterans the Army medals they have been waiting on for so long,” Braley said. “Edward and Howard served our country with valor, and I’m proud to award these medals on behalf of a grateful nation.”