Scottdale Man Honored for Service during World War II

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Spanning from 1939 to 1945, the last year of World War II was 67 years ago.

If a soldier was just 18 at the end of the war, that would make that soldier 85 years old today -- the youngest possible age for any person alive today who served in the war.

So it's not a surprise that the United States is losing the World War II generation of soldiers at a rapid rate, and that's why state Rep. Deberah Kula tries to honor those veterans when she hears about them.

On Dec. 12, it was 95-year-old Ed Sknerski's turn. At a small ceremony in the lobby of the Scottdale Plaza Apartments where Sknerski lives, Kula presented him with a proclamation and a medal for his service to our country.

Sknerski's humbleness shined through. "I was just one in a million," he said.

Sknerski joined the Army on May 17, 1941, and served with the 104th Medical Battalion Infantry Clearing Company.

He served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central European campaigns and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal along with four bronze stars. …