Colorado WWII POWs to receive overdue honor

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Washington, DC, June 29, 2015 | comments

KUSA – Congressman Ed Perlmutter will present three World War II former Prisoner of War veterans with medals they earned during their service but never received. First Lt. Clayton Nattier, who now lives in Lakewood, is one of the veterans who will receive his long overdue medals on Thursday during a formal ceremony at Red Rocks Community College. Nattier served in the United States Army Air Corps as a pilot from 1942 to 1945. In September 1944, his aircraft was badly damaged by enemy fire, and he was forced to parachute out of the aircraft. Nattier was captured and sent to the German Prisoner of War camp - Stalag Luft I - in Western Prussia.Nattier was liberated from the camp in 1945. He continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves until 1952.Nattier will be presented with eight medals, including a Purple Heart Medal, a Prisoner of War Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.

Staff Sergeant Keith Hereford and Corporal John Pederson will also be presented with medals.Staff Sergeant Hereford, who now lives in Westminster, served in the United States Army and Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. During his ninth mission, his aircraft was shot down, and he was captured after parachuting from the plane. Sergeant Hereford was sent to the German Prisoner of War camp Stalag Luft 4 in Prussia and was liberated in 1945.Staff Sergeant Hereford will receive eight awards including a Purple Heart Medal, a Air Medal, a Prisoner of War Medal and an Honorable Service Lapel Button. 

Corporal John Pederson, who now lives in Lakewood, served in the Unites States Army from 1944 to 1947. During the Battle of Sessenheim, he was captured by the German Army and sent to the German Prison camp Stalag 5A. The camp was liberated in 1945, and he was discharged in 1947. Corporal Pederson will also receive eight medals, including a Bronze Star Medal, a Prisoner of War Medal and an Army Good Conduct Medal.The veterans will receive their medals on July 2 at 1 p.m. at Red Rocks Community College.
(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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