Somerville, Mass. (CNN)(01/08/20)— A 103-year-old World War II veteran is finally being honored for his time in the military, 75 years later.
Peter Fantasia, of Somerville, Massachusetts, received eight medals including the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, and American Defense Service Medal.
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton presented him with the medals at a special ceremony on Monday.
According to Tim Biba from Moulton’s office, Fantasia previously received his Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor in combat.
Fantasia served with the Lima Company, of the 3rd Battallion, of the 104th Regiment of the 26th Infantry Division as a US Army medic.
Fantasia was captured in Rodalbe, France, in 1944 while tending to a wounded sergeant and lieutenant in a foxhole and was held as a prisoner of war until he was liberated by Russian forces on April 28, 1945.
It took so long for Fantasia to get home that he didn’t seek after his medals.
“God has been good. I don’t know what to say,” Fantasia said.
He expressed gratitude for his comrades and said they were with him in spirit.
“It wasn’t just myself,” he said. “I had help one way or another.”
“He is a true example to the rest of the country and the community what American heroism is all about,” Moulton said.
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