PROVIDENCE, R.I. — U.S. Jack Reed has presented a 92-year-old World War II veteran with military honors he earned during the war but never received.
The Rhode Island Democrat said Saturday that Willard D. “Bud” Voigt now has his overdue Bronze Star, Purple Heart and other prestigious honors.
Voigt, of Warwick, Rhode Island, grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts, and joined the U.S. Army after graduating from high school in 1943.
Voigt served with the 90th Infantry Division in France as part of the U.S. Army’s engagement of German forces.
Reed says Voigt was wounded from grenade shrapnel as he helped attack a German machine gun nest.
Voigt returned home in 1946 and worked as a financial adviser.
Reed says he was proud to honor Voigt’s patriotism, bravery, and the sacrifices he made.