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WWII Veteran Honored With Overdue Medals

Posted at: 12/08/2012 6:42 PM

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 92-year-old World War II veteran from Algonac who once hitched a ride on a Tiger tank courtesy of Germany's legendary Panzer commander Gen. Erwin Rommel has received overdue honors for his military service.

William Pollauf was honored Friday by U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township. A bureaucratic mix-up had prevented Pollauf from receiving medals he earned in World War II, including one for the 27 months he was a German prisoner of war.

He also received the World War II Victory medal, Eastern/African/Middle Eastern campaign medal, Prisoner of War medal and a World War II honorable service lapel button. Miller said she was "delighted to present the medals, long overdue" to Pollauf. The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/VCDpK1 ) says Pollauf returned to Michigan after the war and worked as a carpenter.

Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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