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Local WWII Veteran Finally Receives Medals

Posted: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 at 6:28 am
Author: KCII News - Sally Y. Hart

A 95-year-old World War II veteran who lives in Washington received service medals Tuesday, more than 70 years after the end of the war.

Marion Turnipseed was presented eight military medals for his 33 months of service by Congressman Dave Loebsack. Turnipseed spoke with his family in attendance, and shared some of the stories from his time in WWII as a flight mechanic in B-24’s. Those stories included the three near-death experiences he had, including nearly being hit by another plane near Paris, his flight suit losing heat and oxygen in his turret, and his turret being hit by shrapnel over Germany.

He received The Distinguished Flying Cross; the Army Good Conduct Medal; the Air Medal, the Marksman’s Badge with carbine bar; the American Campaign Medal; the European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four campaign stars; WWII Victory Medal; and the Honorable Service lapel button. Turnipseed served in the Air Force and now resides at the United Presbyterian Home.