Stars and Stripes stripes.com 05 Jan, 2021 05:30 am

Army combat badge a long-awaited honor for 98-year-old Bataan veteran and 'hell ship' survivor

Army combat badge a long-awaited honor for 98-year-old Bataan veteran and 'hell ship' survivor
Almost eight decades after mounting the doomed defense of the Philippines against the Japanese invasion that began December 1941, Daniel Crowley, 98, was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge during a ceremony Monday in Connecticut.

Army combat badge a long-awaited honor for 98-year-old Bataan veteran and 'hell ship' survivor Daniel Crowley poses in his uniform in this undated photo taken before he shipped out for the Philippines in 1940.After hearing Crowley’s story — and his earnest request to finally receive the combat badge — Slavonic worked with the Secretary of the Army to research Crowley’s service history and confirm awards and promotions due him.ARMY Almost eight decades after mounting the doomed defense of the Philippines against the Japanese invasion that began December 1941, Daniel Crowley, 98, was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge during a ceremony Monday in Connecticut.Army’s refusal to award the badge to provisional soldiers who fought on the Bataan Peninsula, a force that was vastly outnumbered and ill-equipped to repel the massive Japanese invasion.

” The Combat Infantryman Badge is awarded by the Army to infantrymen and Special Forces soldiers in the rank of colonel and below who fought in active ground combat.Slavonic, acting undersecretary of the Navy, said during the ceremony at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Conn.

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