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Posted: July 3, 2018 2:55 p.m.
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1st Lt. Garlin Conner earns MoH

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1st Lt. Garlin M. Conner, who served with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, June 26, for actions while serving as an intelligence officer during World War II on Jan. 24, 1945.

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WASHINGTON -- After more than 70 years, the late Garlin Conner, Kentucky farmer and World War II veteran, was finally awarded the medal that escaped him for so long.

President Donald Trump presented the Medal of Honor to Conner's widow, Pauline, in a White House Ceremony Tuesday, for acts of bravery during WWII.

"Lt. Garlin Murl Conner was indeed a giant," Trump said to an audience that included Conner's family and two other Medal of Honor recipients. "In his daring, his devotion, and his duty, he was larger than life. And that, he was. He will never, ever be forgotten. We will never forget his story."

Trump recalled the morning of Jan. 24, 1945, when Conner ran alone toward an attacking battalion of 600 German soldiers and six towering Panzer tanks in the frigid cold to direct American artillery rounds. The first lieutenant's actions saved dozens of American lives in the Third Infantry Division, the president said.

Trump detailed Conner's bravery to family and friends in attendance, many of whom didn't know the extent of Conner's valor until after his death in 1998. Conner served in 10 campaigns while spending 28 months on the front lines.

Pauline Conner, an 89-year old resident of Clinton County, Kentucky, cared for her husband in the later stages of his life, when he suffered from Parkinson's disease, diabetes and kidney failure. She also participated in the 22-year campaign that resulted in his service being recognized with the Medal of Honor.

"She hoped and prayed she would live to see this day," Trump said. "Pauline is truly a wonderful, incredible person. And it's my privilege to be with you today as we award your late husband our nation's highest military honor."

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