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U.S. Ambassador Thorne presented a certificate of appreciation to Arthur B. Unruh a decorated veteran of World War II

U.S. Ambassador David H. Thorne and Mr. Arthur B. Unruh a decorated veteran of World War II

U.S. Ambassador David H. Thorne and Mr. Arthur B. Unruh a decorated veteran of World War II

Rome, September 24, 2012

The U.S. Ambassador David H. Thorne presented a certificate of appreciation to Arthur B. Unruh, a decorated veteran of World War II,  in recognition of his superior contribution to freedom and democracy. 

This is Mr. Unruh’s first visit back to Italy since July 1944.  He was here for half that year as part of the 32nd Bomb Squadron, 301st Bomb Group, operating a .50 caliber gun at the waist section of a B-17 Flying Fortress. He flew 50 missions – incredibly dangerous bombing sorties against a host of enemy strategic targets.

During WWII, over 100,000 Allied bomber crewmen lost their lives and roughly half of the bomber crews were either killed or wounded in action. Art received the Silver Star – a highly prized medal – for his and the rest of the crewmembers’ gallant actions during Art’s 50th and final mission.  He also received 5 Air Medals and 2 Presidential Citations.

Ambassador Thorne and the Embassy Defense Attaché Office (DAO) in Rome thanked Arthur Unruh for what he did to defend liberty for the United States and its allies.

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