US World War II veteran gets 9 medals

PTI Springfield (Pennsylvania) | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on October 13, 2012

An 86-year-old military veteran from suburban Philadelphia has belatedly received several medals earned for his service in World War II.

The Bronze Star and Purple Heart were among the nine medals awarded to Montraville “Monty” Lybrand yesterday.

The presentation took place in the Springfield office of Rep. Patrick Meehan, who helped secure the honours. Meehan says many veterans didn’t get the recognition they deserved in the rush to come home.

Lybrand left his Philadelphia high school to join the Army in 1944. As an infantryman, he suffered shrapnel wounds to his chest during the 1945 invasion of Okinawa.

After the war, Lybrand got married and began working for the Veterans Administration in Philadelphia as a claims examiner. He retired in 1981.

Published on October 13, 2012
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