WWII Vet Finally Receives Long-Overdue Medals - New York News

WWII Vet Finally Receives Long-Overdue Medals

Posted: Updated:
BROOKHAVEN, Pa. -

A local World War II veteran is giving new meaning to the phrase, "It's never too late."  He's waited more than 60 years for the medals he earned in combat, fighting off the Germans.  Friday afternoon, he finally received them.

John Warhola did already have two medals for his service in World War II, the good conduct medal and the Purple Heart.  He's proud of those awards but not quite satisfied, because he was supposed to receive even more medals.

"Oh yes, there were eight altogether."

Warhola says he's been waiting for them for decades.

"Oh I'd say since about 1950," Warhola insisted.

That's the same year he married his wife -- 63 years ago.

"I tell you it's a long time," Warhola told Fox 29.  "And I'll be proud to get them, if they give them to me."

We asked the veteran if it wasn't too late.

"It's not too late, not for me," Warhola answered.  "It's never too late."

Warhola was only a teenager when he saw his best friend die in combat.  And he himself took a bullet from a sniper.

"It was like a train hit me very hard, or like a bus," Warhola explained.  "I flew up in the air and came down on all fours."

So those missing medals mean something to him.

"I thought I deserved them," Warhola said.  "I fought for what I thought was the right thing to do at time."

Jennifer Bail, Warhola's granddaughter, decided to take action late last year, and discovered her grandfather wasn't the only veteran owed medals.

"The lady I spoke with at the VFW said a lot of the soldiers slipped through the cracks, their paperwork," she said.

Bail wasn't going to let that injustice stand, so she contacted Congressman Bob Brady.  A couple of weeks ago, all the missing medals arrived.

"I was so excited," Bail said. "But I was like, I can't just give them to him."

So Bail decided to surprise her grandfather. She told him they had to travel to a VFW convention to get them.

"He thinks he's just going to sign for them," Bail explained.  "He's actually being presented in front of the convention by one of the brigadier generals."

On Friday afternoon, 87-year-old John Warhola finally received his medals, before it became too late.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:48:47 GMT
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
  • Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:34:04 GMT
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
  • NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:30:41 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices