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.
“They threw everything they had, their best Panzer divisions, and we were so outnumbered,” he said.
Gagliardi said he almost lost his feet and his life in the fight, but added that every soldier in his unit faced the same conditions and should be honored as well.
“I feel many other boys that were with me, they deserved it, too,” he said.
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