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Walter Ehlers dies at 92; awarded Medal of Honor for WW II heroism
Walter Ehlers dies at 92; awarded Medal of Honor for WW II heroism

For extraordinary acts of courage during the D-day invasion of World War II, Walter Ehlers received the nation's highest military award — the Medal of Honor. And it changed his life. "I didn't have a life before the medal," Ehlers said in a 2004 Washington Post interview. A self-described "farmer boy" who not only took out enemy gun nests single handedly during the D-day operation, but also drew fire to himself so other soldiers could withdraw, Ehlers was invited to every presidential inauguration from Eisenhower on. He spoke all over the world to student, military and other groups. In Buena Park, where he where he lived after the war, a building was...

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