World War II veteran receives Bronze Star in surprise ceremony 74 years after tank duel

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Published on 19 Sep 2019, 13:49
World War II gunner Cpl. Clarence Smoyer, along with his tank crew, received the Bronze Star in a surprise ceremony at the National World War II Memorial on Sept. 18.

The medal recognizes the crew’s heroism during the Battle of Cologne in March 6, 1945 for destroying a German Panther tank.

Smoyer, 96, is the last living member from the tank crew of five. Read more: Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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