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Published June 23, 2012, 04:12 PM

World War II paratrooper honored at reunion

MOTT, N.D. (AP) — A Mott native who served with the U.S. Army during World War II has been posthumously presented the Bronze Star Medal during a family reunion.

MOTT, N.D. (AP) — A Mott native who served with the U.S. Army during World War II has been posthumously presented the Bronze Star Medal during a family reunion.

Sen. John Hoeven and his wife, Mikey, joined members of the North Dakota National Guard and the Friedt family in Mott to honor Pvt. Tony A. Friedt.

Hoven says Friedt is an American hero who served his country with great dedication and pride.

Friedt was drafted to the United States Army in 1943 and served until January 1946 as a paratrooper. While deployed in the Pacific theatre, he participated in three jumps, including the Feb. 23, 1945, jump that helped liberate more than 2,000 prisoners from Los Banos Internment Camp.

Friedt earned several awards during his military service.

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