JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- John Burns served in World War II, more than 30 years ago he lost his medals but was given a new set for his birthday.
“It was overwhelming,” said Burns. “I don’t think people realize how big of an event it was back then.”
Burns said he was apart of five major battles during WWII, including D-Day.
“We were first occupation force in Berlin, Germany,” said Burns.
That was back in the 1940’s Burns was 19 at the time. When he came home he was given several medals but over time they disappeared.
“Must have forgotten about them somewhere along the line,” said Burns.
“My parents moved to a new home and they think they were left in the attic of the old home, we never got them back,” said Becky Sease. “They probably got thrown away.”
That was more than 34 years ago. For his 90th birthday his daughter Becky decided to honor her dad. She wrote to Congressman Keith Rothfus last fall for replacements.
“It takes time,” said Rothfus. “We looked up the records and then there is a process for getting them.”
On Thursday morning Burns got his medals again.
“I didn’t expect to get them,” said Burns. “I feel good about this.”
His family couldn’t be happier.
“We are very proud of him,” said Sease. ‘He was proud of me for a lot of years, so I am very proud of him.”
Burns said he is going to make sure the new ones won’t get lost.
“I better make sure I don’t lose them,” said Burn’s. “But I won’t be around much longer so not sure how I could lose it again.”
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