World War II veteran Donald Madsen intends to leave his service medals to his grandson. Madsen said he was awarded the Combat Infantrymen Badge and the Prisoner of War medal. …

Christopherson, 87, graduated from basic training in Hawaii on Dec. 6, 1941, and was placed on guard duty. The next morning, the Japanese raided Pearl Harbor. Although he was injured during the attack, he continued to serve with the Army’s 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division until 1944.

He said he tried to go through the process of getting his medals in 1984, but learned many of his records had burned during a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis in 1973.

Christopherson didn’t try again until last year, but he succeeded after the military pieced together some of the lost records. After nearly 70 years, last September he was awarded several of the medals, including the Bronze Star and Pearl Harbor Commemorative.

Read more: Statesman Journal, April 11, 2012

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