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WWII veteran finally receives POW medal

UNION GROVE, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin World War II veteran has finally received his Prisoner of War Medal.

91-year-old Dale Ellington fought back tears as his wife pinned the medal on her husband’s jacket at a Union Grove Veterans home on Sunday.

The U.S. military did not recognize Ellington as a POW for seven decades because Switzerland, the country who imprisoned him for 75 days, was not an enemy combatant.

While the country was neutral during the war, a commandant where Ellington was imprisoned at was considered a Nazi sympathizer and later convicted of war crimes.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)