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Wis. supporters still seek honor for WWII veteran

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) - Supporters of a decorated World War II veteran are intensifying their efforts to see the 96-year-old Wisconsin native awarded the Medal of Honor.

A Reporter Media report says James Megellas already earned two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. But supporters say the retired lieutenant colonel deserves the military's top honor for using two grenades to singlehandedly take out a German tank.

Megellas was originally nominated for a Medal of Honor. But the paperwork didn't include details about the event involving the tank.

His supporters are still pushing for the award. They include U.S. Rep. Tom Petri and civilian Jim Neumann of Fond du Lac.

Petri has previously introduced legislation requesting that Megellas receive the honor. He says he'll keep trying and see what happens.

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