Illinois WWII veteran receives 4 medals - KMSP-TV

Illinois WWII veteran receives 4 medals

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HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (Associated Press) -

A veteran from suburban Chicago has received his military medals decades after his service in World War II.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin presented the four medals to Irving Distelheim on Thursday in Highland Park.

Distelheim joined the Army in 1943 right after he graduated from medical school. He cared for troops in France and eventually was promoted to commanding officer of a medical detachment. At one time he was in charge of medical care for a prison of 80,000 captured German soldiers.

Distelheim realized last year he hadn't received the medals. He contacted Durbin's office and the senator's staff worked with him and the Army to do the necessary paperwork for the medals.

Distelheim is a retired dermatologist.

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