Trott: WWII Vet's Medals 70 Years Overdue
TROY, Mich. – Today, U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11) issued the following statement after presenting the World War II Victory Medal and the Medal of Occupation to World War II Veteran Harold Ortwine of Novi, Michigan:
“Drafted at age 18, Mr. Ortwine served his country valiantly, defending our nation’s fundamental principles of freedom and liberty around the world. Today, it was an honor to join Mr. Ortwine and his family and friends to present the medals he rightfully earned, a long overdue recognition of the bravery and heroism he embodied in defense of the traditions built by the Americans before him and the promise of every generation to come.”
Harold Ortwine was drafted at age 18 and deployed to Germany as a member of the 106th Division “Golden Lions.” Upon Japan’s surrender, Ortwine returned home in August of 1945. Due to a record mix-up, his discharge papers were misplaced and Ortwine failed to receive the medals he had earned.
As a resident of Novi, Michigan, Ortwine sought the assistance of Rep. Dave Trott’s office in Troy, which assisted him in obtaining his World War II Victory Medal and the Medal of Occupation.