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Monday, 10 December 2012 15:21

WWII veteran honored with overdue medals

(ALGONAC) -- A 92-year-old World War II veteran from Algonac who once hitched a ride on a Tiger tank courtesy of Germany's legendary Panzer commander Gen. Erwin Rommel has received overdue honors for his military service. William Pollauf was honored Friday by Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township. A bureaucratic mix-up had prevented Pollauf from receiving medals he earned in World War II, including one for the 27 months he was a German prisoner of war.  He also received the World War II Victory medal, Eastern/African/Middle Eastern campaign medal, Prisoner of War medal and a World War II honorable service lapel button. Miller said she was "delighted to present the medals, long overdue" to Pollauf. He returned to Michigan after the war and worked as a carpenter.