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Trump awards posthumous Medal of Honor to World War II veteran

Trump awards posthumous Medal of Honor to World War II veteran

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE on Tuesday honored a World War II veteran from Kentucky who braved enemy fire to direct U.S. forces during a battle in the war's final stages.

Trump presented a posthumous Medal of Honor to the wife of Lt. Garlin Murl Conner. The president praised Conner’s acts of bravery, calling him an “incredible hero” and “larger than life.”

“Although he died 20 years ago, he takes his rightful place in the eternal chronicle of American valor,” Trump said.

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Conner’s widow, Pauline, attended the ceremony along with other family members and other Medal of Honor recipients.

Conner fought in World War II, where he was wounded multiple times during various campaigns.

In January 1945, after sneaking out of the hospital to rejoin his unit in France, Conner ran out into a wave of German fire. He carried only a phone and the accompanying wire so that he could call in artillery strikes on the enemy.

Trump recounted the story, saying Carlin “looked like an NFL star” dodging enemy fire. The president lauded Carlin’s courage in putting himself in harm’s way to aid the U.S. cause.

“Today we pay tribute to this Kentucky farm boy who stared down evil with the strength of a warrior and the heart of a true hero,” Trump said.

Conner, who died in 1998 at age 79, also received the Distinguished Service Cross, four Silver Star medal and three Purple Hearts for his service.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Pauline Conner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE (R-Ky.) and others have advocated for more than 20 years to have the president bestow the military’s highest honor on Conner.

Trump on Tuesday thanked McConnell, who did not attend the ceremony, for his “years of work to make this day very special."

"He worked hard, and he’s working hard right now on a lot of other things," Trump said.