Walter Ehlers, the last living Medal of Honor recipient who came ashore on Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944, died Thursday at the age of 92, ABCNews.com reported.
Ehlers, who joined the United States Army in 1940, earned his Medal of Honor “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” on June 9 and 10, 1944, during a battle near Goville, France, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
On the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1994, Ehlers was chosen, along with another D-Day veteran, Alvin Ungerleider, to escort President Bill Clinton at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery.
“When they were young, these men saved the world,” said Clinton before a sea of aging D-Day veterans.
Ehlers also earned three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star during his service with the 3rd Infantry Division and the 1st Infantry Division.
Deb Haaland: “It is 2014 and women are doing more and I always encourage young people to get their educations and step outside of their comfort zones and do something that they feel will have an impact on people’s lives.”
COBLESKILL, N.Y. —Five students at an upstate New York college are being praised for replacing a U.S. flag that disappeared from the home of a World War II combat veteran.
The family of 93-year-old Howard Coger tells The Daily Star of Oneonta that he noticed in November that the American flag he flew outside his home in Cobleskill was missing.
Five young men enrolled at the state college in Cobleskill learned about it and decided to help their neighbor.
Coger’s family says the students — two from upstate New York and three from Massachusetts — bought another American flag of similar dimensions, then used a new mount to affix it to his garage before Coger died Dec. 19.
The Massachusetts students are Ethan Fervan, Jake Woodward and Kevin Hanson.
For their kindness, the college’s Student Veterans Association has made all five men honorary “studentveterans.”
SAN FRANCISCO - Merrill Newman was tired and looking forward to reuniting with his family, but he was all smiles Saturday after arriving at the San Francisco airport after being detained for several weeks in North Korea.
The 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War held the hand of his wife and was accompanied by his adult son when he briefly addressed the assembled media after disembarking from a direct flight from Beijing.
“I’m delighted to be home,” he said. “It’s been a great homecoming. I’m tired, but ready to be with my family.”
Last month, Newman read from an awkwardly worded alleged confession that apologized for, among other things, killing North Koreans during the war. Analysts questioned whether the statement was coerced, and former South Korean guerrillas who had worked with Newman and fought behind enemy lines during the war disputed some of the details.North Korea cited Newman’s age and medical condition in allowing him to leave the country.
Earlier Saturday, a smiling Newman told reporters in Beijing that he felt good and was glad to be on his way home.
“And I appreciate the tolerance the (North Korean) government has given to me to be on my way,” he said after arriving at the airport in Beijing from Pyongyang, adding that he looked forward to seeing his wife.
Newman’s detention highlighted the extreme sensitivity with which Pyongyang views the war, which ended without a formal peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war. The conflict is a regular focus of North Korean propaganda and media, which accuse Pyongyang’s wartime enemies Washington and Seoul of carrying on the fighting by continuing to push for the North’s overthrow.
The televised statement read last month by Newman said he was attempting to meet surviving guerrilla fighters he had trained during the conflict so he could reconnect them with their wartime colleagues living in South Korea, and that he had criticized the North during his recent trip.
Members of the former South Korean guerrilla group said in an interview last week with The Associated Press that Newman was their adviser. Some have expressed surprise that Newman would take the risk of visiting North Korea given his association with their group, which is still remembered with keen hatred in the North. Others were amazed Pyongyang still considered Newman a threat.
Newman’s son, Jeffrey, said he spoke briefly with his father from Beijing and that he was “in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family.”
“As you can imagine this has been a very difficult ordeal for us as a family, and particularly for him,” he said in a statement read outside his home in Pasadena Friday night, adding that they will say more about this unusual journey after Newman has rested.
Newman’s release comes as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visit to the region brought him to Seoul. Biden said Saturday that he welcomed the release and said he talked by phone with Newman in Beijing, offering him a ride home on Air Force Two.