June 27, 2002, 14:02 EDT
Decorations presented to World War II veteran
by Lt. Col. Chester C. Carter, III
Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Officer
HARRISONBURG, Va. - Acting on behalf of the Secretary of the Army, Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia, presented Maj. (Retired) Norman Eriksen with the Bronze Star Medal, Prisoner of War Medal and the American Campaign Medal for service during World War II.
|Major General Claude Williams (left) presented the Bronze Star Medal, Prisoner of War Medal and American Campaign Medal to Major (Retired) Norman Eriksen in a ceremony held at the National Guard Armory in Harrisonburg today. (Photo courtesy of the Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office)
In a ceremony held this morning at the National Guard Armory in Harrisonburg, Va., Williams commended Eriksen's for his sacrifice and contributions as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States. Williams also acknowledged the sacrifices made by the members of Eriksen's family in their support for his career as a soldier.
Eriksen served with Company C, 350rd Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division during World War II. He was taken prisoner by the Germans near Grantorto, Italy on April 29th, 1945. The Germans held Eriksen as a Prisoner of War until May 2, 1945. Eriksen received the Bronze Star Medal for exemplary conduct in ground combat during World War II. He received the Prisoner of War Medal as a result of being captured and held by the Germans.
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