U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow honored U.S. Army veteran William ‘Bill’ DeLeeuw with a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and a World War II Victory Medal during a military medals presentation at the American Legion Post 305 in Caledonia. Ceremony attendees included members of the DeLeeuw family and the American Legion Post 305.
‘Bill DeLeeuw served his country with bravery during World War II, fighting in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge, and helping to free prisoners in concentration camps,’ said Senator Stabenow. ‘While we can never truly repay veterans like Mr. DeLeeuw for their sacrifice, it’s our duty to honor them with the recognition they have earned.’
‘It was an honor to fight for my country and to work with General Eisenhower,’ said William DeLeeuw. ‘I really appreciate getting these medals after so many years and want to thank Sen. Stabenow for her help.’
Senator Stabenow secured two medals for Mr. DeLeeuw, 90, at the request of his wife, Teresa. Mr. DeLeeuw served in the European Theatre and participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge campaign and other battles. In addition to these recognitions, Mr. DeLeeuw was previously awarded a Good Conduct Medal and an Honorable Service Lapel Button for his World War II service.
Born in Grand Rapids, William DeLeeuw entered the Michigan National Guard at age 17 and then joined the U.S. Army when he was 18 years old. William arrived in the European Theater of Operations on October 17, 1943 and participated in the Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ground Combat campaigns before returning to the United States on December 5, 1945. Private First Class DeLeeuw was honorably discharged five days later.
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