WWII veteran is finally recognized after 73 years

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A Meadville soldier finally gets his due, more than 70 years after his death.  

Neighbors on Jefferson Street were a little surprised by the military honor guards who came to see 96 year old Francis Dixon.  They were there to honor Dixon’s brother, Staff Sergeant Joe Barksdale, a member of the 366th Infantry who was killed in action while in Italy back in 1944.

His remains were recently identified as belonging to the World War II soldier, so the award ceremony was then planned.  “Some of the awards he received were the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his actions in Italy during WWII,” says Captain Nick O’brien of the 112th Infantry.  “He also received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the expert infantryman’s badge.

Mrs. Dixon told us that she was glad her brother was recognized for the sacrifice he made for his country.  

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