Pearl Harbor war hero honored

By: Todd Larkin Email
By: Todd Larkin Email

MADILL, Okla. -- He was honored for serving his country in World War II, but his medals were destroyed in a fire. Now sixty-five years after the day of infamy, a Pearl Harbor survivor and Madill resident was re-presented with five of his medals.

Gunner First Class Albert Yandell was on the U.S.S. Tennessee on December 7, 1941, the day of infamy, the attack on Pearl Harbor. But years after that war, Yandell lost everything he earned during World War II in a tragic fire.

On Thursday, he was presented with all of his medals once again.

Albert put all of those memories in the back of his mind and dawned his old uniform and stood tall and proud to receive five Navy Service Medals including the World War II Victory Medal. Commander Rodgers was honored to pin the awards.

Yandell was also presented with a state certificate from state representative Terry Hyman. Nursing home officials say that having seniors with that much history is amazing and something like this just had to be done.

Yandell is one of only 20 other surviving sailors on the U.S.S. Tennessee. The ship was part of Battleship Row, one of the most attacked areas in Pearl Harbor.

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  • by vernon Location: howe on Jul 6, 2007 at 01:44 PM
    honor is long over due----there are few of these hero's left---i would have liked to have been there to shake his hand myself--god bless him....
  • by russ Location: mckinney on Jul 6, 2007 at 12:43 PM
    That is great, WE need to appricate what these Vets of all wars went thru.My father is a WW2vet to. And God Bless them ALL
  • by Brandy Location: Denison, Tx on Jul 6, 2007 at 08:47 AM
    I do wish this would have been made public before the event, I would have loved to be there, that is so Great. We really do appricate the World War II Vets, and any Vet! God Bless America.
  • by Phyllis Location: Thackerville OK on Jul 6, 2007 at 07:27 AM
    Praise God! If we had known about it, we might have made plans to attend this event. We are losing our World War II vets, and we are thankful for this man and his life.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 5, 2007 at 08:01 PM
    glad to see he got his medals back he deserves this
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