The Times West Virginian

December 5, 2012

Overdue recognition

After 67 years, Robert Haney receives Bronze Star Medal

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — World War II veteran Robert Haney has finally received the recognition he deserved when he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service, 67 years after he qualified for the distinction.

The presentation of the award was delayed due to a fire in the 1960s that burned down a building in St. Louis that held records of millions of service members, including Haney’s.

Haney’s grandson began researching the issue and realized that individuals who serve in combat and receive the Combat Infantryman’s Badge are also supposed to receive the Bronze Star Medal. Realizing that his grandfather did receive the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Haney’s grandson sought to make sure Haney got the award he deserved.

After three years, the error was corrected and Haney received the award in the mail a few weeks ago.

Haney, who is a member of VFW Post 7048, asked that an officer present it to him and Maj. George P. Davis III (U.S. Army retired) was more than happy to do so.

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