NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio - It's Veterans Day across the country, and many U.S. servicemen and women are being honored for what they do -- and have done -- to protect our freedom. On Sunday, one North Olmsted veteran received some long overdue medals, including a Purple Heart.
"I feel very honored to be honored this way by the city and the mayor. I appreciate it, but when you have to leave some guys behind it gets to you," said retired U.S. Army Cpl. Dewey Limpert. "It gets to your heart and every Memorial Day it brings a tear to your eye for the guys who didn't come back. There was a lot of them."
Limpert was also honored with the Bronze Star for his service in WWII, along with the Presidential Unit Citation and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army of Occupation Medal and Germany clasp, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
In the Army, Limpert was a gunner and member of A Battery, 10th armored division of General Patton's 3rd Army.
On April 7, 1945, Limpert was injured during battle in Crailsheim, Germany, while shooting at German aircraft from a turret.
Limpert is a husband, father of two and grandfather to six. He served more than 20 years on North Olmsted City Council and was active in many civic organizations.
The medal ceremony took place at VFW Post 7647 in North Olmsted.