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WWII veteran receives bronze star medal 70 years after his death

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Private First Class Isaac Wright was killed in action on June 6th, 1944. Private First Class Isaac Wright was killed in action on June 6th, 1944.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A WWII veteran was honored with a bronze star medal for his service in the United States Army.

June 6th, 1944. D-Day. The day that more than 100,000 Allied Troops landed on the beach of Normandy, France during WWII. It was a heroic yet tragic day as several thousand men lost their lives. One of those men was 19-year old Private First Class Isaac Wright.

He served in the "Big Red 1." The 1st Infantry Division for the United States Army under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Before D-Day, Wright also served in North Africa, and Sicily.

PFC Wright was awarded a bronze star medal for his service during WWII but that medal had never been presented to him or his family.

After 70 years, PFC Wright's only surviving sibling, Bertie Blevins, accepted his award Tuesday.

"Attention to orders, the bronze star medal is awarded to Private First Class Isaac Wright." These were the words that officially began the ceremony. Words that have waited 70 years. Words that brought tears to the eyes of many in the room, and to Blevins. "It's been a long time coming," said Blevins.

The ceremony lasted only a few minutes, but meant the world to Blevins and her family, "It means a great deal because he was my second brother."

PFC Wright has other brothers as well, his brothers in arms, and U.S. Army Captain Travis Tribble spoke about PFC Wright, he too fought back tears, "It's emotional, you know, because in combat operations you don't think, you just do. I know it's totally a service to the nation, service to the country. At the end of the day, it's a selfless service."

A service that waited 70 years to be honored, but will never be forgotten.

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