Veteran Receives Medals Earned Decades Ago

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By Fox 8 Photojournalist Roc Woodrum

WADSWORTH, Ohio -- Sixty-nine years ago, William Takacs served his country in WWII.  From 1941 to 1944 he drove a tank in the army.  Thursday, the 95-year-old was finally awarded six medals for service to his country that he never received.

In 1941 Takacs was 21 years old.  He was a member of the 5th Batallion 1st Armored Division in Europe and Africa.  At one point his tank was actually hit, earning him a purple heart.

"Right in the beginning it was scary because they were chasing us, and that is where one of my tanks got blown up.  I crawled out of that thing. I was in the hospital for ten days. I was very fortunate to come out alive. Three of my crew stayed there," Takacs explained.

When the war ended, Takacs was due several medals, but somehow never received them.  He simply returned home to his family.

On Thursday, with the help of his daughter and Congressman Jim Renacci, Takacs finally received the medals.

“I had contacted Congressman Renacci's office. When I told (my dad), I said, 'I think there is going to be some people there.'  And he said, 'why?' And I said, 'because they are going to give you the medals,'" said Takacs' daughter, Carol Fauch.

In all Takacs received six medals on Thursday.  They were presented at Renacci's office in Wadsworth.

“I want to thank you, and I'm so proud I have the opportunity to give you these medals, after all these years.  It's a pleasure and an honor to have you here. I want to thank you on behalf of the 16th District and my Congressional District,” said Renacci.