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Supporters still seek honor for WWII veteran

Published On: Jul 05 2013 01:27:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 08 2013 10:05:07 AM CDT
FOND DU LAC, Wis. -

Supporters of a decorated World War II veteran are intensifying their efforts to see the 96-year-old Wisconsin native awarded the Medal of Honor.

A Reporter Media report said James Megellas already earned two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. But supporters said the retired lieutenant colonel deserves the military's top honor for using two grenades to single-handedly take out a German tank.

Megellas was originally nominated for a Medal of Honor. But the paperwork didn't include details about the event involving the tank.

His supporters are still pushing for the award. They include U.S. Rep. Tom Petri and civilian Jim Neumann of Fond du Lac.

Petri has previously introduced legislation requesting that Megellas receive the honor. He said he'll keep trying and see what happens.

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