COLUMBIANA COUNTY, Ohio (WKBN) — It was a very special 90th birthday party on Sunday in Columbiana County where a World War II veteran finally received an honor he had earned nearly 70 years ago.
When it comes to big days, it doesn’t get much bigger for WWII Veteran George Talbott.. Sunday marked his 90th birthday party. However, it’s his present this year that really made the day stand out.
Talbott fought on Omaha Beach on D-Day and was wounded in another major battle in Belgium. But he never got the medals he earned until now.
His military records were destroyed in a government building fire His medals, along with those of thousands of other soldiers, were never awarded.
“There’s a lot of veterans that didn’t get them and stuff,” explained Talbott.
That’s where his nephew, Ray Talbott, stepped in. Ray is a Vietnam vet himself, and he knew just how important those medals would be.
“I just wanted to make his day,” said Ray.
Ray, along with some other family members, did some digging. They found out what medals Talbott should have received and they bought them.
“I just felt so good for him and stuff, you know,” said Ray.
Talbott was expecting a party Sunday, however, the medals were something he never thought he’d see and were the surprise of his life.
“I knew things were happening but they wouldn’t tell me what,” said Talbott.
Now, they are a cherished treasure, just like Mr. Talbott.
“I love them all. They’re good people,” finished Talbott.