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World War II veteran receives overdue medals


August 24. 2013 9:50PM
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During World War II, Floyd Wade was assigned to the 460th Ordnance Evacuation Co., a group of about 185 men who maintained and delivered tanks, trucks and other equipment to other units in support of battle in the European Theatre.


Together, the company saw service in England, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. They compiled more than 7 million miles between July 1944 and June 1945 and were one of the first units to use the Red Ball Highway.


On Aug. 3, 2012, Floyd was presented with the European African Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal with seven campaign stars and the World War II Victory Medal. These were medals Floyd earned for his service during the war that had never been presented to him.


Presenting Floyd with the medals was a grandson, Jake A. Elsass, an acquisition officer assigned to the Air Force Life Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, who had just received a promotion to Major during ceremonies attended by supervisors, co-workers, friends and family members.


Floyd’s company was one of a few units in the European Theatre of Operations authorized more than five campaign stars on the EAME medal. The seven authorized campaign stars are for the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe, Germany and ground combat.


Floyd Wade lives in Spencerville with his wife, Edith. They have three children, Diann (Gary) Foster, of Kentucky, Nancy (Tom) Keiffer, of Lima,. and Mark (Diane) Wade, of Oregon.





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