WWII vet finally recieves medals after 69 years
LUFKIN, TX (CNN) — A World War II veteran finally received his medals of honor, nearly 70 years after he was injured in the battle for Iwo Jima.
90-year-old Ben Weber put on the exact uniform he wore in the Army nearly 70 years ago, to receive the medals he earned while serving the United States during World War II.
"It's really been a blessing for me because my family always said 'you never got what you deserved,’” Ben Weber explained.
"People now understand that what someone like Ben gave is just priceless," Texas Rep. (R) Louie Gohmert said.
"It was so special," Weber said.
Weber was shot in the eye and in the leg during the battle for Iwo Jima, but as he stood on the stage today to receive the honors he earned for his sacrifice his mind was on his fallen comrades.
"I lost several men. I was a leader and I didn't know how to handle that at first. These are the things that I think about and I don't deserve. These men died and I'm here. I did lose an eye and part of a leg, but hey I do anything I want to do so I’m happy," Weber said.
Congressman Louie Gohmert presented Weber with a flag that flew over the Capitol, his honorable service pin, a medal for expert level marksmanship, the Asiatic-Pacific campaign medal and the World War II victory medal.
Weber already has a Silver Star medal which is the third highest honor in the nation.
"Its people like Ben standing up that has made a difference," Rep. Gohmert said.
Weber said he did not join the Army for the medals but because he loves the service.