Local veteran gets overdue recognition

June 29, 2008 8:01:47 AM PDT
An 80-year-old Texas City man received a long overdue honor.Yesterday, during a special ceremony, Reverend Leonard Clark received service medals more than six decades after he served in the Pacific during the occupation of Japan. Lawmakers helped get him the recognition.

"It raises issues and makes you wonder how many others out there like Reverend Clark, veterans who served our country and have not received their medals," said Galveston County Commissioner Stephen Holmes. "So I'm hoping that this event will give publicity and come forward and say, 'Hey maybe I deserve one, too'."

"When we learn of these things, there is a way that we can go about correcting the problem," said Representative Nick Lampson.

"I'm proud to be an American veteran," said Reverend Clark.

Clark was given the World War II victory medals and the army Occupation of Japan medal.

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