99-year-old WW2 vet, Pearl Harbor survivor gets long-overdue Bronze Star

A World War II veteran was recognized for his service on Monday.

Before speaking about economic development projects in Prestonsburg Monday afternoon, Congressman Hal Rogers took time to honor World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor attack survivor Albert Patrick. In a ceremony at the Salyersville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rogers presented the 99-year-old Patrick with a Bronze Star for his service in World War 2 in the Pacific Theatre.

Rogers said an oversight prevented Patrick from getting his Bronze Star before now.

During his service, Patrick served in, among other places, Guadalcanal, where he was credited with killing a Japanese sniper that had killed nearly 100 U.S. servicemen. Patrick had previously earned a purple heart and other commendations for his service in World War 2.

The Bronze Star is the second-highest honor a living U.S. service member can earn, falling behind only the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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