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Reed honors WWII Veteran

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Today U.S. Senator Jack Reed held a special ceremony honoring World War II Veteran, Louis Gautieri Jr., 87, of Johsnton, marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Gautieri received the military awards he earned for his service more than 67 years after coming home.

Reed presented Gautieri with a number of awards, including the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one bronze star appurtenance, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Discharge Button, and the Honorable Service Lapel Pin, in recognition of his loyal Navy service.

After being asked what both the ceremony and the medals meant to him, Gautieri said, “It means we can close the war.  After 67 years, I can put this in the past.”

Gaurtieri was just 18 years old when he joined the Navy in 1944.

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