Frank Gagliardi never asked for the medals he earned during World War II.
And for more than 60 years, he rarely spoke of his service - from the bloody fighting in France's hedgerows to wounds he suffered as the Allies raced toward Germany.
"There were things we did you don't want to be reminded of," said the 84-year-old Southwest Philadelphia man.
But grateful family members want to remember what he did and obtained his medals from the Defense Department.
Last night, Gagliardi tearfully received them in an emotional surprise ceremony in Collingswood, where the Army veteran was lavished with praise that he had eschewed over the decades.
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WWII medals for a modest GI | Philadelphia Inquirer | 12/18/2008
Frank Gagliardi -- WWII medals for a modest GI
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