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World War II veteran gets medals in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- A West Michigan WWII veteran was honored Monday with one of our country's highest honors.

Ray Barrett of Holland Township was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and several other awards because of his service in the military.

His family says the medals were given to Barrett 64-years ago, but were misplaced or broken while he was recovering from his injuries.

Barrett says, "An artillery shell exploded up in the air and there was another soldier as close as you are to me. He didn't get any pieces. I got two. One in the corner of my eye. I only have one eye. The other, broke my leg."

Barrett received his medals at the office of Congressman Pete Hoekstra, who helped get the family a full set for safe-keeping.

When asked what the medals meant to Barrett, he would only say that it was a difficult time in his life and would prefer to forget about the war.

He went on to become an engineer and then an attorney.