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A welcome surprise

World War II veteran's lost medals replaced

Some 60 years after his service in World War II, Auburn resident Edward Hanlon received replacement medals on Memorial Day for those he lost in a 1950s fire. Teresa A. Franco. (click for larger version)
June 05, 2009
AUBURN — Edward Hanlon's children have given him surprise birthday parties before, but at the Memorial Day ceremony, Monday, May 25, they gave him a surprise of a different kind.

At the ceremony in Hillside Cemetery following the Memorial Day parade, Hanlon was presented with medals he earned from serving in World War II that he never could receive because his records were destroyed in a fire in the 1950s. The medals he received were the Good Conduct Medal, the European African Middle East Campaign Medal and the World War II Medal.

"I forgot about trying," Hanlon said. "I figured it was a lost cause."

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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