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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pearl Harbor veterans finally receive medals

BY BECCY TANNER
The Wichita Eagle

Sixty-nine years after they survived the deadly Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Navy veterans Arthur Dunn and Paul Aschbrenner were presented their service medals Tuesday by Sen.-elect Jerry Moran during a tribute at the Robert J. Dole V.A. Regional Medical Center.

Dunn and Aschbrenner served on the USS Oklahoma. After the attack, they served together on the USS Louisville before going on to other Navy vessels during the war.

When the war ended, the two never received the medals due them.

On Tuesday, Dunn received the World War II Victory Medal; the American Defense Service Medal; the American Campaign Medal; the Asiatic Campaign Medal with four bronze stars; the Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp; the Combat Action Ribbon for actions in the Southern and Central Pacific areas; the U.S. Navy Honorable Discharge button; and the Honorable Service lapel pin, known affectionately in military circles as the "old ruptured duck."

Aschbrenner received the following medals:

The Navy Good Conduct Medal with one bronze star; the World War II Victory Medal; the American Campaign Medal; the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with one silver star and four bronze stars; the Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp; and the U.S. Navy Combat Action Medal for Southern, Central and Northern Pacific Campaign areas.

Both men also received Pearl Harbor commemorative medals.

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