May 25, 2014 7:35 PM by Nathan O'Neal

93-year-old veteran set to receive overdue honors

TUCSON - A 93-year-old veteran is set to get overdue honors for his service in World War II and the Korean War.

Retired Corporal Clarence Bagus was just 20 years old when he enlisted in the fall of 1942. Like many others, it was his gut reaction after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

He worked as an engineer and recalls his time with the military as one of structure and comradery.

"It was kind of strange because we were away so long and I lost a couple of buddies in the war," Bagus said.

His daughter, Cyndi Wallace, recently came across a collection of wartime mementos and realized he hadn't been recognized for all of his service. She contacted Congressman Ron Barber's office for help.

"They found the records and found that he had medals that were due to him. They ordered them and contacted me and said 'we've got good news, we've got some medals for your dad,'" Wallace said.

Congressman Ron Barber will present 10 long overdue medals and ribbons to Clarence Bagus in a special ceremony on Tuesday.


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