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CARLISLE – Sixty-two years ago, Stanley Orlowitz was more concerned about surviving than winning medals.

As a soldier in the Army’s 42nd “Rainbow” Division, he was caught up in the Battle of the Bulge and some of the most vicious fighting of World War II.

Soldier honored 6 decades late

He finished the war as a prisoner of the Germans.

In the process, Orlowitz was awarded a Bronze Star for valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Prisoner of War Medal.

But he never received them. ..

…”I tried many times to get these medals,” said Orlowitz, who moved to the midstate after retiring from the steel pipe and plumbing supply business.

“Every time, they told me they didn’t have my records, so in disgust, I hung up,” he said. “Eight years later, I would try again.”

Yesterday, Orlowitz relished the moment as, with three generations of his family watching, the U.S. Army War College’s commandant belatedly pinned those awards, plus the Good Conduct Medal, on his brown sport coat.

“This will set right something that should have been done many years ago,” Maj. Gen. David Huntoon told Orlowitz’s family. “He served with great courage, with valor … with all the qualities that are so dear to us in the United States Army.”

And not a moment too soon.

After gobbling down our Thanksgiving feast..let us vow never ever to forget our troops in harms way.

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44 Responses to “Thanks again Soldiers OpenTrackback Weekend”

  1. The American Israeli Patriot says:

    Champion Of Terrorist Rights…

  2. kerwin says:

    I am glad they finally gave Mr. Orlowitz the medal he deserved even if it was several decades late.

  3. GUNZ says:

    Amen to that Angel. He’s one of a bunch that has yet to receive all that they have EARNED. It’s hard to believe it’s even a problem, but indeed it is sadly. There are some serious issues outside of just receiving your deserved medals…

    As a disabled combat veteran I can tell you it plays an important role in determining whether or not one is eligible for service connection benefits. It proves your claim of who you were with and what you did, more importantly what happened. Like the purple heart: It’s hard for the VA to say NO, years later, that wounds have kept one from working or being productive with a record of one to back it up. Same with a CIB or Combat Action Ribbon for ptsd claims. If you don’t have them awarded it makes it virtually impossible to have a claim approved. I’d hate to think that there are many that fall into that category and live in poverty because of their injuries and cannot work and Social Security obviously isn’t going to substain a lively hood very well especially if you have a family…

    Just pointing out medals/awards are more important than the average joe realizes. They are important to have not only because they were obviously well earned, but needed for government benefits. Good post Angel.

  4. Gayle says:

    Those medals will become family heirlooms and cherished by his family for generations to come. Great post, Angel.

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I spent mine flat on my back in bed nursing a horrible cold, but I’m a bit better today. Happily, I made too many turkeys for the Church dinner and so Walt brought one back home with him, and I’ll be able to enjoy it when I can go back to eating normal food. Right now it’s oatmeal, orange juice, etc.. Yuck!

    Blessings!

  5. Tidbits And Treasures says:

    Out of touch…

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  6. Rightwing Guy says:

    Could the partitioning of Iraq be the answer?…

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  8. PoliticalCritic says:

    Great blog and perfect quote at the top by Elaine Boosler!

  9. Brooke says:

    We should all remember to be thankful for our soldiers this weekend!

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  17. Night Rider says:

    I am glad that he finally got his medals but that business of them saying that they didn’t have his records is so lame, they need to do a better job of keeping track of those kinds of things so that our Troops will always be shown respect and the honor for which they fought for.

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  20. Kevin says:

    Grats Mr. Orlowitz! It’s nice to see people get what they deserve, especially around the holidays. Speaking of which, it’s not to late to send a random soldier some snacks for Christmas or Chanukah. Go to http://www.anysoldier.com and send a soldier $20 worth of junk food. They deserve it!

  21. PA Statie Wife says:

    Yhanks to all the BRAVE & the best of the US

  22. kerwin says:

    I did not like the structure proposed for the new Iraqi government because I did not believe it took into account the three major factions that exist. The idea to push for a strong central government and disband the militias is something I find repugnant since is so contrary to the government original proposed in our own U.S. Constitution.

    I do no believe that our leadership realizes the gang like mentality that seems to prevail in Iraq that was kept in check by Saddam’s brutal dictatorship. They also should not have allowed Al Sadyr to become part of the political system. They cuddled a viper to their breast and viper has bitten them.

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  24. Debbie says:

    Great article. We shouldn’t need to be reminded of things like this, it should come naturally every day.

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  26. Always On Watch says:

    Angel,
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  34. Layla says:

    Thanks Angel for coming by to welcome me back! :)

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  36. Tim says:

    Glad to see medals dished out to those that deserve it. Now if we could see guys like Murtha and Kerry stripped of theirs….

  37. cvmay says:

    Kol HAKOVAD to all the soldiers out there. May god bless and protect you as you provide security in this very chaotic world.

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  42. Angel says:

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful feedback and links! :)

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