Palazzo presents medals to Hattiesburg WWII veteran

Rep. Steven Palazzo (right) stands with World War II veteran Travis E. Johnson. Photo Source WDAM
Rep. Steven Palazzo (right) stands with World War II veteran Travis E. Johnson. Photo Source WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg World War II veteran who took part in the Battle of the Bulge has received some long overdue service medals, thanks to Congressman Steven Palazzo.

In a ceremony at Camp Shelby Wednesday morning, former U.S. Army corporal Travis E. Johnson was presented with two campaign medals that he earned 70 years ago, but never received. The first was an Army of Occupation with Germany Clasp and the second was a European-African-Middle East Campaign medal with three bronze stars.

Palazzo pinned the medals on Johnson, who enlisted in the Army in early 1944 at the age of 18.

He served for 26 months.

"I think it's wonderful," said Johnson. "It's 70 years late, but I'm still glad to get them, regardless how late they are," he said.

"He's such a humble man," Palazzo said. "When we got the awards for him, he said, sure, just drop them off at the house. I said, that's not how the Army works, we want to celebrate his service," he said.

After the war, Johnson worked for the telephone company for 35 years.