POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A 91-year-old man from Polk County was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions during the Pearl Harbor attack in World War II Monday.
Eyewitness News learned he would have never known he received the medal if it weren't for a tragic life event.
Emotion floods Homer Allem moments after receiving an honor he never imagined.
He was honored for jumping into action during the Japanese-led attack, but he didn't think much of it at the time, nor when he was discharged a few years later.
"A 23-year-old fresh out of the service isn't going to read the back of a discharge slip to see what he got, so I didn't really worry about it," Allem said.
Allem was discharged in 1945. It wasn't until four months ago, when his wife Ruth passed away, that officials realized he deserved much more.
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