GR World War II veteran honored for heroism

U.S. Army veteran William DeLeeuw received two medals Thursday, Nov. 12.


CALEDONIA, Mich. (WOOD)—A Grand Rapids native who fought in World War II and helped free prisoners from concentration camps is being honored for his heroic acts.

U.S. Army veteran William DeLeeuw was presented with the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and a World War II Victory Medal Thursday.

“Right now they bring back a lot of memories, a lot of stories,” DeLeeuw said. “I’m happy to get them.”

Senator Debbie Stabenow secured the two medals for the 90-year-old veteran, who also fought in the D-Day invasion.

“He’s told me so many stories about what happened in World War II and what he’s had to go through. Now I’m getting emotional, but, he went through so much and I’m so proud of him,” said DeLeeuw’s wife, Teresa.

Thursday’s ceremony took place at the American Legion Post 305 in Caledonia.

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