Veteran Decorated Decades After Death

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On April 15, 1942, U.S. Army Private Juan Sablan was killed in action during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines during World War II.Seventy-four years after that fateful day, Private Sablan's family receiving eight medals he earned, but never received. Among them, the American Defense Service Medal with a Foreign Service Clasp, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star and the Presidential Unit Citation with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. The Sablans finally received the long overdue medals thanks in part to a letter they wrote to Congressman Scott Peters back in March.They read about Congressman Peters helping another veteran, Private First Class Donald Breitenberg, get the Bronze Star he deserved.

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