Family accepts award 70 years later on behalf of fallen soldier


By John Bush - jbush@civitasmedia.com



By John Bush

jbush@civitasmedia.com

John Bush | The Lima News U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan holds up the Bronze Star Award that was presented to the family of George Kious, who was killed in Germany during World War II, in Jordan’s Lima office on Monday. Pictured is Kious’ widow, Velma Allen; daughter, Linda Lause; son-in-law, Bob Lause; grandson, Todd Lause; granddaughter-in-law; Teresa Lause; and great-grandchildren, Dylon and Austin Lause.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/07/web1_bronze-star-award-2.jpgJohn Bush | The Lima News U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan holds up the Bronze Star Award that was presented to the family of George Kious, who was killed in Germany during World War II, in Jordan’s Lima office on Monday. Pictured is Kious’ widow, Velma Allen; daughter, Linda Lause; son-in-law, Bob Lause; grandson, Todd Lause; granddaughter-in-law; Teresa Lause; and great-grandchildren, Dylon and Austin Lause.

LIMA — More than 70 years after the end of World War II, a U.S. Army veteran and former Lima resident has finally been honored with the Bronze Star Medal for his service to the country, which was accepted by his family Monday.

George Kious was killed in action while serving in Germany during World War II — just five days before the Germans surrendered to Allied forces on May 8, 1945.

Though Kious’ family had received his Purple Heart shortly after the war ended, the Bronze Star Medal was never delivered. Until Monday.

“I’m honored — I think this is great,” said Kious’ daughter, Linda Lause. “I never thought we’d ever get it.”

Lause, along with her mother and Kious’ widow, Velma Allen, as well as several of Kious’ family members, gathered in U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan’s Lima office to accept the award.

Lause, who had yet to celebrate her second birthday when her father was killed, played a large role in making sure the award was delivered to the family on behalf of her late father.

“I had a letter at home I kept all these years saying he was supposed to get it, and we just never got it,” Lause said.

Her husband, Bob Lause, came across the letter several months ago and decided he would reach out to state Rep. Bob Cupp, who notified Jordan’s office.

Bob Lause said the letter his wife kept all those years played a crucial role in attaining the Bronze Star Medal.

“That was very instrumental,” he said.

After sending in some paperwork to Jordan’s office, Lause said he received an email requesting a meeting with the family.

On Monday, the family gathered in a small office on West Elm Plaza where Jordan presented Allen with the award.

“We look forward to these kind of days — a chance to honor a great family and thank them for their sacrifice,” Jordan said.

According to Bob Lause, Kious was shot and killed while stationed in Munich, Germany.

“He got out of the tank because a German soldier was waving a white flag of surrender, and when he got out of the tank, another guy in a building shot him,” he said.

Lause said Kious had only been in the Army about a year before he was killed.

“He was inducted into Fort Campbell, Kentucky, went up to Maine somewhere and got on a boat that took them to France,” he said. “From there, he went across the country to Germany.”

Though he never knew the man, Lause said he was happy he could help honor Kious’ legacy and service to the country.

“It’s nice — I’m really glad it [the award[ happened,” he said.

A Columbus native, Kious moved to Lima to work for a steel company before joining the Army. After Kious’ death, Allen continued to live in Lima for another 20 years before moving to Cridersville, Delphos and Ottoville, were she currently resides.

The 92-year-old said she was pleased to accept the award on behalf of her late husband.

“I’m very honored,” she said.

Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @Bush_Lima.
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