This is a story we desperately need in a time when all sorts of bullies, cowards and scoundrels are posturing as heroes and resistance fighters. It’s the story of a genuine American hero who waited three-quarters of a century for his deserved recognition.
Yesterday, President Trump awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to 1st Lt. Garlin M. Conner for his valor and astounding courage during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. Conner had been ordered to the front lines near Houssen, France, to observe German forces and direct artillery fire. He left a position of relative safety and moved to a shallow ditch where he could carry out his mission more effectively. When the German troops started to surge forward toward him, Conner directed American artillery fire toward his own position, risking his life in order to save his battalion and prevent a German victory. Miraculously, he survived and lived until 1998. But he didn’t live long enough to see his family’s victory in securing him the Medal of Honor after a 22-year battle. His wife, Pauline Conner, did live to see it, though, and she was at the White House to receive the Medal on his behalf. She said, “He was my hero for 53 years. He still is today.”
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There’s more at the link. You’ll want to read it. It will make you feel better about humanity and remind you why World War II veterans were called “the greatest generation.”