Wis. WWII veteran gets medal after 65 years

Vet: "I just about melted"

Published On: Nov 11 2012 01:54:39 AM CST
KENOSHA, Wis. -

A Wisconsin man who left the U.S. Air Force 65 years ago couldn't keep away the tears when he finally received his World War II Victory Medal this week.

George Michel of New Berlin thought the local school celebration Friday was just like all the other Veterans' Day events he'd attended in previous years. But when he noticed family members from out of state in the audience he realized something was afoot.

Then a teacher stepped forward and announced to the audience that Michel was about to receive his Victory Medal. He said when he heard that, "I just about melted."

Michel was with an Air Force squadron in England. A Kenosha News report said his first air mission was days after the D-Day invasion in June 1944.