- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) - A Front Royal World War II veteran has received a Bronze Star and other awards he earned more than 70 years ago.

A ceremony was held Wednesday for 92-year-old Jack Rickel in Winchester.

Rickel was drafted by the Army in 1943 and rose to the rank of sergeant as part of allied efforts in Europe.

Media outlets report Rickel’s unit declared him missing in action when he ended up behind enemy lines. He was recovering from shrapnel wounds at a hospital in Verdun, France, when the war ended in 1945. His military records were eventually lost in a fire.

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