Bay News 9: Bilirakis Presents World War II Veteran With Service Medals After 67 Years
July 9, 2012
Army Cpl. Robert Smiddy was discharged in 1946. Friday, he finally got the medals he earned for his service — 67 years after he was discharged. Among those medals was a Bronze Star, awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement not involving aerial flight.
Smiddy, 89, received the medals in a surprise ceremony arranged by his children and U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor.