Junction City Native And World War II Medal Of Honor Recipient Dies

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- A Junction City native and World War II Medal of Honor recipient has died.

Walter Ehlers, 92, the recipient of the World War II Medal of Honor died Thursday at a Long Beach hospital of kidney failure.

During the D-Day invasion of Normandy, Staff Sergeant Ehlers earned the Medal of Honor for knocking out two German machine gun nests and saving countless allied soldiers' lives.

Ehlers later returned to combat in the Battle of the Bulge after being shot in the back.

Ehlers passing leaves only seven surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipients.