WWII Veteran Belatedly Recognized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2015
Contact: Dave Skocik 302-736-8500 cell

WWII Veteran Belatedly Recognized

Congressman John Carney; Paul Davis; Bayard Horn; Mr. Horn's daughter Bonnie Lepson of Red Lion, Pennsylvania; with Brig. Gen. Terry Wiley, Delaware Army National Guard (ret.) looking on. Gen. Wiley presented the medal on behalf of the Secretary of Defense.

Congressman John Carney; Paul Davis; Bayard Horn; Mr. Horn’s daughter Bonnie Lepson of Red Lion, Pennsylvania; with Brig. Gen. Terry Wiley, Delaware Army National Guard (ret.) looking on. Gen. Wiley presented the medal on behalf of the Secretary of Defense.

REHOBOTH — Rehoboth VFW Post 7447 was the site of an April 11 ceremony for World War II veteran Bayard Horn. Mr. Horn of Rehoboth was belatedly awarded a Purple Heart more than seven decades after being wounded in France enroute to a prison camp in 1944. The problem was that his wounds were the result of an Allied attack on the train he was riding to the prison camp. Under previous rules Mr. Horn was ineligible for a Purple Heart because he wasn’t injured by enemy fire. His neighbor, and fellow veteran, Denny Aylor decided to appeal the decision while his 91-year-old friend was still able to appreciate it. He persisted through seven years and three turndowns before the award was approved with the assistance of Delaware’s Congressman John Carney. Mr. Horn was also presented with a coin from Kent County Chapter 850 of the Vietnam Veterans of America by Paul Davis, State VVA Council President. “We are proud of you and want to thank you for all you’ve done to defend our generation,” said Mr. Davis.

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