Logansport vet gets medals after 68 years

A World War II veteran was awarded medals that were almost seven decades overdue.
A World War II veteran was awarded medals that were almost seven decades overdue.

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) – A Logansport World War II veteran received some long overdue awards this Memorial Day.

Marine veteran Lowell Smith received four war medals that should have been handed out almost 70 years ago.

Surrounded by friends, family and other veterans, Smith was presented awards for his tours of duty from Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly.

“To me, it’s a very sacred day. It’s a day where we look at everything we have here in Indiana and our country. Everything we have we owe to our veterans, because they literally went to save the world,” said Sen. Donnelly.

Smith’s son Mike says the applications for his father’s medals got lost in the shuffle after Lowell came home from the Pacific theater. Mike recently came upon the paperwork needed to apply for the various medals.

According to Donnelly’s office, Lowell was one of the first Marines to land at Nagasaki, Japan after the atomic bomb was dropped.

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