SAN ANGELO, TX -- In 1943 at the young age of 18, Gilberto Torres found himself drafted into the United States Army during World War II. While training in
"We didn't even know the invasion was going on so they needed some recruits like us you know replacements so there we go. It was quick by the time we got to the beach there was still dead bodies floating around the beach there. It was pretty bad," Torres said.
Receiving orders to capture the town of
"We're just pleased at the happiness in the corporal and in his family and we're just happy we were able to do it," Chief Master Sergeant U.S. Air Force Retired Bill Brown said.
Surrounded with friends and family Torres was not only presented with replacement medals, but Congressman Mike Conaway presented him with a
"I never expected nothing like this really. And I was surprised I mean very surprised . And then all these people are beautiful and friendly. I'll never forget this I mean it's a big surprise," Torres said.
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