Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Better Late Than Never for Military Medalist

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Better Late Than Never for Military Medalist

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Fifty years ago, Paul E. Sample of Hazelwood was a flight engineer in the Army Air Corps running personnel and materiel to the Philippines.

He just received an Air Medal commending his work.

"I always wanted it and was supposed to have gotten it," he said recently. "I was the only guy in my outfit who didn't get it."

He said that when he was discharged at Jefferson Barracks, no one knew anything about the air medal. He went on to a 36-year career as a mechanic, and later lead mechanic, with Eastern Air Lines.

Sample said he had protested his missing medal for a while. Then, he said, "During the Gulf War, they decided to award this honor to anybody who flew any troops."

That irritated him, so he sent clippings about the Gulf War with his papers "to the powers that be," he said. "I said I guess I couldn't get a cup of coffee with the medal now. …

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