Retiree receives war medal

Jim Collins, 87, who retired from the Port Huron Mill more than two decades ago, has received the Bronze Star for heroic actions while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked at the mill for more than four decades as a machine tender on Paper machine #6.

According to a story in The Times Herald, Jim was presented with his medal by the commander of the American Legion Post 8 in Port Huron in front of a large crowd on August 20, 2013. He served in the Army from 1944 to 1946 and earned his medal for running across a battlefield in Germany to get ammunition for his unit.

The award finally found its way to him after his son had looked into obtaining veteran’s assistance to help with Jim’s dementia. When a caseworker pulled up his file, she saw he was supposed to have received the Bronze Star.

Congratulations to Jim for this belated honor!