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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 15, April 9, 2006, Article 16

LANEN WWII MEDAL FIND FOLLOW-UP

David Klinger writes: "Here is an article with the follow up to
the story about the medals of Walter F. Lanen, found in the trash
at a gas station."

"With a slight trace of tears in his eyes, William J. Lanen stood
still and straight as the 87-year-old retired Army colonel stared
down at his younger brother's grave.

"He was a good soldier," Lanen said of Private First Class
Walter F. Lanen, who is buried at the Immaculate Conception
Cemetery.

A few minutes earlier, two strangers had handed William Lanen
long-lost mementos of his brother.

They included a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart with two clusters,
and two other medals that Walter Lanen had earned while serving
with the 339th Regimental Combat Team in the US Army during World
War II."

The medals were discovered this week in the basement of Larry's
Service Station on Haverhill Street as co-owners Emile Levasseur
and Bill McDaniel were cleaning up."

"We have no idea how they got there," Levasseur said.
"Not a clue."

"A newspaper account in The Eagle-Tribune led a producer from
the television station CBS4 to find William Lanen, who is living
in retirement in Bow, N.H."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

Howard A. Daniel III forwarded a link to a similar article with
Images of the medals: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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