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93-year-old Omaha baker, World War II veteran gets medals

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 93-year-old baker in Omaha can now wear the medals he earned during combat missions in World War II.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac pinned an Air Medal with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters and five other awards on Claudio Orsi's jacket Wednesday in Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford's office.

Orsi's father was a World War I veteran who opened Orsi's Italian Bakery & Pizzeria in Omaha's Little Italy in 1919. Orsi was married with a newborn son and working at the bakery when the Army drafted him in December 1942. Orsi joined a 10-man B-24 bomber crew.

Orsi has received the six medals after more than 70 years since the last of his 43 combat missions in the Pacific.

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