94 Year-Old WWII Veteran Receives Military Honors From Senator Reed
By: News Staff
CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) -- Senator Jack Reed presented 94 year-old World War II veteran Ernest Mallory with several medals he earned but never received, Monday afternoon.
Mallory served in the 71st Division, which helped liberate the Gunskirchen Lager concentration camp which contained over 15,000 prisoners. In 2004, 60 years after the war, Mallory met three of the survivors that he helped liberate.
Mallory also served in the Korean War as part of the 101st Airborne and subsequently as Commo Chief on the 65th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group in the Panama Canal, where two of his three children were born.
Some of the medals Senator Reed presented him with included the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal,. The Honorable Service Lapel Button, and the Sharpshooter Badge.
After his service, Mallory began flying hot air balloons. In 1988, he set a world record with several other pilots for building the largest hot air balloon, which was 20 stories high.
The ceremony honoring Mallory took place in Chapel View Boulevard.