WWII vet receives his medals

DICKINSON Almost 70 years after serving in World War II, Anton Tuhy received the medals he earned while in the Army.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., presented the medals to Tuhy during a ceremony in the Veterans Room of the courthouse in Dickinson Friday.

Tuhy served in the Army from 1944-1946. His family contacted Hoeven’s office to help obtain the medals Tuhy earned but was never presented.

“Anton is part of America’s greatest generation, a group of men and women who sacrificed so much to defend our way of life and our values,” said Hoeven.

Tuhy received the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and World War II Honorable Service Lapel Pin.

Tuhy, 91, was born in Dunn County and grew up on a farm southeast of Manning. He was drafted into the Army Dec. 15, 1944, beginning his two-year service at Fort Snelling, Minn. He attended basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., completed additional training at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and then was deployed to the Philippines. Truhy, a private first class, worked as a cook, baker and medical aid. He was discharged at Fort Lewis, Wash., in 1946.

After the service, he returned to farming and ranching. He and his wife Julia raised three children, Darlene and Clarence, of Dickinson, and Raymond of Missoula, Mont. Julia died last year.