A Harper man who served in the Army during World War II recently received combat awards, 66 years after the fact. Alfred “Fritz” Conrad was given his Staff Sergeant Stripes and his Eastern European Campaign Medal over the weekend at the Washington National Guard Readiness Center. The medal is attached to a ribbon which has different colored bands representing the countries and types of terrain Conrad served in. He was wounded in combat, and did receive a Purple Heart, but was never officially awarded the Staff Sergeant Stripes or the Campaign Medal. Conrad will turn 90 next month.
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