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Veteran Pilot Receives WWII Combat Medals

Veteran Pilot Receives WWII Combat Medals

Nearly 70 years after William Bell flew combat missions during World War II, the former Marine has received his medals.

Bell, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was a 21-year-old pilot during the Philippines’ liberation from Japanese forces in 1945, flying more than 60 combat strike missions. In the space of four months, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross three times for courage, flight skills and devotion to duty in the face of enemy fire.

“I knew that I’d been awarded medals, but I’d never seen them,” said Bell, 89.

For the complete story by Becky Kramer of The Spokesman-Review, click here.

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Updated: March 25, 2014 — 9:57 AM

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