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7/28/07-Longview

East Texan Awarded World War Two Medals

An Upshur County man is awarded bravery medals more than years after his service in World War II.  It was because of a U.S. Army paperwork mix-up that the East Texas veteran never received his decorations from his service.  O.J. Robertson, 84 lives quietly on his farm near Big Sandy.  He's in ailing health now, but 65 years ago he was fighting Japanese aircraft in the massive war in the pacific.

"You know a lot of people brag, you don't know if they're telling the truth or not, but some places was rough," said Robertson.  Decorated many times, he never received his medals, but Saturday Congressman Louie Gohmert repaid an old debt.

"I'm so proud that he served in World War II, and he brought every one of us into this world," said Robertson's daughter Sharon.  With his family by his side, Gohmert presented Robertson with several medals for his service on anti-aircraft crews, including the north African campaign medal with three bronze service stars and the Philippine liberation medal.

"I'm proud of him and happy because he deserves them," said Robertson's son William.  

"We have a great nation because people like Mr, Robertson were willing to answer the call when their country called, and willing to lay it all down if that's what it took to preserve what we have," said Gohmert.  Though 62 years late, Robertson and his family were thankful that his efforts have been finally recognized, and says he would do it all again.

"I tell you what, if I had to I would," said Robertson.  "People think I'm crazy, but I'm telling you the truth, if they needed me, I'd be right back in there."

Gohmert also presented Robertson with an official flag that was flown over the nation's capital.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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