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WWII veteran receives long awaited honors

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PINCKNEYVILLE-- While some veterans are awarded for their service, it may take years to receive the medals.

Saturday in Pinckneyville, at age 100, a Tamaroa man is getting those long awaited honors.

It's been over 70 years since the second World War and now at age 100, James Weisel is being presented with his medals.

"This is not just about honoring him, but all that have served," U.S. Representative Mike Bost said.

Born and raised in Tamaroa, Weisel was called into action to fight during World War II at age 24.

"You go through a lot of stuff you don't imagine," said Weisel.

He was drafted into the infantry and said that is about as rough as it got.

"Wait out in the rain... you didn't have nothing over your head for about two months and a half," Weisel said.

Getting medals to service members like Weisel is something Representative Bost said should be a top priority.

"Some of those veterans... a lot of those veterans... didn't receive a lot of those medals or they were lost in transit because their main job was they did their job and they just wanted to come home," Bost said.

Finally receiving his medals after all these years, Weisel says it feels good to have them.

Bost said it's an honor to present veterans just like him with the medals they earned so many years ago. 

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