Salute Our Troops | Local WWII vet receives Bronze Star at the age of 92

Decades later, William Grant, 92, is now the recipient of a Bronze Star, following his work during World War II. (Gerard Ramalho | KSNV)

He earned the recognition many decades ago following World War II, but it wasn't until this week that a local veteran received a very special medal for his service to our country. His name is William Grant and he's now the proud recipient of a Bronze Star.

At 92 years young, Grant never expected he would be at a ceremony, much less the center of attention. It's a heroes recognition, seven decades after the fact.

Grant received a Bronze Star for heroism displayed on a battlefield. In attendance were his family, friends, and several dozen enlisted soldiers and officers.

At the ripe age of 18, Grant enlisted in the Army, and like so many others of his generation, he found himself thrust into World War II, a machine gunner who saw combat in many arenas.

"Served in Normandy, Northern France, the Rheinland, the Ardens, wounded in action in the Hurtgen Forrest. Ladies and gentleman these are all famous battlefields of the greatest war in the history of mankind," said U.S. Army Brigadier General Zachary Doser.

Grant openly shared some of his memories and admits it wasn't all pleasant.

"There's machine guns shooting at you. There's cannon fire coming in bursting around you. And it's something you ordinarily wouldn't want to do," said Grant.

But records show Grant did just that, exhibiting bravery under dire circumstances. He says he's humbled by the recognition all these years later but says he would do it all over again if he could.

"I appreciate the time I spent in the Army because I truly think it gave me a good foundation for life, and I wish that all young men could have that experience," said Grant.

Another notable member of the greatest generation, it was a family member who recently realized Grant had never received his Bronze Star, so he notified military authorities, and they, of course, made it happen. Grant was also the recipient of a Purple Heart, as he was wounded in battle.

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