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.
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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