D-Day Veteran Receives Overdue Medals

September 28, 2012 Updated Sep 28, 2012 at 6:50 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Ed Reilly

September 28, 2012 Updated Sep 28, 2012 at 6:50 PM EDT

HAMBURG, NY (WKBW) - At age seventeen, Clayton John needed his mother's signature on his enlistment form so he could join the US Navy in 1943.

John was assigned to a landing craft called a LST, and during the D-Day invasion of France in 1944, Seaman First Class Clayton John helped transport equipment and troops to the beaches during the first day of assault.

"I was scared. When you go in combat like that, everybody is scared."

After leaving the service in 1946, Clayton John worked for years at Bethlehem Steel while making his home in Blasdell.

Soon to celebrate his 87th birthday, and now a resident at the Autumn View Health Care Facility in Hamburg, John's family discovered he never received the proper medals for his military service.

Congressman Brian Higgins was contacted, and today during a special ceremony, the Congressman presented Clayton John with the World War II Victory Medal, The American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with one Bronze Star, Combat Action Ribbon, Discharge Button, and Honorable Service Lapel Pin.