After 70 Years, WWII Vet Receives Bronze Star

Friday, Dec 7, 2012  |  Updated 10:06 PM EDT
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After 70 Years, WWII Vet Receives Bronze Star

John "Jack" Faulconer Jr. (second from right) receives a Bronze Star from Rep. Gerry Connolly (far right) with his wife, Joyce (center), at his side.

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A World War II veteran from the D.C. area finally received a Bronze Star for heroism almost 70 years after he earned it.

John Faulconer, 88, who lives in Prince William County, was severely wounded in France near the German border in a battle that killed two members of his squad. He got a Purple Heart for that years ago, but Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly worked with the Army and determined Faulconer was also eligible for a Bronze Star.

He received it Friday, with his wife, Joyce, by his side. She's also a World War II veteran, having served in a Naval intelligence unit.

They met at a dance for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed and have been married 65 years.

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