NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Eugene Gagliardi can now proudly wear the Bronze Star.
The 87-year-old Staten Island resident enlisted in the Army at the age of 17. Some seven decades later he was recognized for his actions during the Battle of the Bulge.
Gagliardi received the Bronze Star at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn on Thursday. He spoke to 1010 WINS reporter Al Jones and described the harrowing conditions he found himself in during battle.