Bataan survivor honored with nine forgotten medals

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Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5:00 pm | Updated: 11:17 pm, Wed Apr 9, 2014.

A Bataan Death March survivor who left the military in 1946 without receiving his medals was finally honored for his service Wednesday during an anniversary ceremony in Santa Fe.

New Mexico National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Adair said he spent the past eight months trying to track down nine forgotten medals for World War II veteran Rosenaldo Lovato, 94, of Gallup, and he was able to complete the search in time to pin those medals on Lovato during an annual observance at the Bataan Memorial Building on Galisteo Street.

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  • rmontes posted at 6:43 am on Thu, Apr 10, 2014.

    rmontes Posts: 6

    Congratulations to a true American hero. These aging WW II vets embody everything that's honorable about military service and selfless sacrifice to our country. Despite his incredible example of courage and perseverance, when you meet these vets in person, however, you're stunned by their humility and overwhelming sense of duty.

  • Andrew Lucero posted at 9:56 pm on Wed, Apr 9, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 132

    Congratulations Mr. Lovato. You are truly a hero and an inspiration to all. I thank you for your service and I salute you for a job well done...It's a shame you had to wait so long to be recognized and awarded the medals that you so rightly deserved.

    It's also a shame that the New Mexican didn't bother to report what nine medals you were awarded.


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