TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A 94-year-old World War II veteran has finally received the Prisoner of War Medal and other honors after a decades-long wait.
Phillip Coon also was presented with a Bronze Star medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge during an informal ceremony Monday night at the Tulsa International Airport.
Coon, who lives in Sapulpa in northeastern Oklahoma, was just returning from a trip to Japan that was aimed at promoting an understanding and healing between that country and the U.S.
Coon survived a POW labor camp and the Bataan Death March, where tens of thousands of soldiers were forced on a 65-mile trek by the Japanese military.
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