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Salem man honored for WWII accomplishments six decades later
6:39 PM, Aug 29, 2012
World War II Navy veteran Phil Meier receives long-awaited medals for his service. / THOMAS PATTERSON / Statesman Journal
It's been 66 years since Phillip Meier has been in a Navy uniform, a uniform that was lost over the years.
When he was honorably discharged after four years of service during World War II, Meier didn’t know that he had been awarded five medals.
“His military record had been lost,” said Neil Sherwood, who has been visiting Meier for the past year. But, he said, “It was obvious his Navy experience was important to him.”
On Dec. 10, 1942, just three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Meier enlisted as a Hospital Apprentice First Class. Ten days later he was called to active duty.
He received training and worked at various bases around the country. When in 1944 he was transferred to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., Meier met the woman he later married and became Helen Meier.
He worked in the Philippine Islands for six months before he was honorably discharged in February 1946 at the rank of Pharmacist Mate First Class.
Sherwood tracked down his military record last month, and his family applied to get the medals.
On Wednesday, Meier was officially awarded his medals during a small gathering at his Northeast Salem house.
Retired Navy Lt. Commander Bob Zafran handed each medal to Meier: World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal.
“They’re a little late … but they’re here,” Zafran said.
After all the medals were awarded, the room full of family members and friends erupted into applause.
Even though he no longer has a uniform to put them on, Meier, 93, said it felt great to have his service recognized.
“I can wear them on my pajamas,” he said with a laugh. http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120829/UPDATE/120829033/Salem-man-honored-WWII-accomplishments-six-decades-laterhttp://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120829/UPDATE/120829033?fb_action_ids=10151427776214572&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_ref=artrectop&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%2210151427776214572%22%3A338602969562519%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151427776214572%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%7D&action_ref_map=%7B%2210151427776214572%22%3A%22artrectop%22%7D