Local WWII veterans receive medals and honors they've waited years to get

Posted at 5:41 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 19:33:22-04

“You’ve heard of Pompeii right,” asked Herb Hahn.

At 96-years-old, Herb Hahn has plenty of stories. 

“Yeah, I visited there,” said Hahn.

But Hahn isn’t recounting lush Italian vacations, he is remembering the war.

“After December 7th we knew that trouble was brewing,” said Hahn.

Herb was drafted in July of 1942 and was quickly shipped overseas.  He was discharged in October of 1945. 

Hahn says everyday he remembers the war.  A Nazi armband he took, along with the German Armed Forces Flag proudly hang on a closest door. 

“I prize them and I am so glad I got them,” said Hahn.

Along with his souvenirs, Hahn has multiple medals and badges honoring him for his strength and service.  But, one honor he recently received may just be his favorite. 

“When I got out of the Army I was a Tech Sergeant,” said Hahn.

At the beginning of the month Hahn became an honorary Command Sergeant Major. 

“It was kind of a surprise, I was very appreciative,” said Hahn.

“I contacted the General and they came up from Lincoln and presented him with some honors,”

Mark Jensen, along with his group Citizens United USA works to help veterans and their families in multiple ways, including giving them the recognition and honor they deserve. 

“If it wasn't for these guys, we wouldn't be talking like we are here right now,” said Mark Jensen.

Jensen has helped multiple veterans get medals and honors they never received after the war.

“We did not know where we were going, or what our task was supposed to be,” said Spiro Moustakes. 

Recently, Jensen found out that 96-year-old Omahan Spiro Moustakes who also served in WWII, is missing about a half dozen medals he earned in the war.  After decades of waiting, Sprio’s medals are in the mail.

“I will get them to the General, so he can present them properly to Spiro,” said Jensen.

Jensen says he is appreciative of all the people who make things like this possible, from the Governor, to other veterans’ organizations, to Mike Gooch Gurciullo and his Las Vegas Big Band.