Marine Vet and Former Green Bay Packer Honored in Superior

By KBJR News 1

August 9, 2013 Updated Aug 9, 2013 at 10:18 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A World War II Veteran received long awaited honors in Superior Friday.

A ceremony was held at the Bong Memorial Center to award Alex Wizbicki for his heroic achievements with the Sixth Marine Division during the war.

It was a service fit for an American Hero.

"For the recognition of Alex Wizbicki for his service in World War II and for procuring his medals for him," said John Vaski, a member of the American Legion and friend of Wizbicki's.

Fellow Veteran John Vaski applied for replacement medals nearly two years ago after he learned Wizbicki had lost the originals. And after serving his country nearly 68 years ago...Wizbicki received those medals again that he so well deserves.

"I'm so grateful to be alive in this day and age, years later to be able to reminisce and talk about this," said Wizbicki.

Wizbicki enlisted in the marines in 1943 before being honorably discharged in 1946,. He then lived out his dream of playing professional football-even signing with the Packers for one year in 1950.

"Then you go on and participate in a sport you love very much- what more could you want?" said Wizbicki.

For Wizbicki's daughter, Gloria Leighton, watching her dad receive the medals meant everything.

"I was overwhelmed with so much pride in my father, for the country and then overwhelmed with their desire to do this for my dad," said Leighton.

Wizbicki was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Campaign medal, a World War II Victory Medal and the bronze star for his bravery.... Even after all of that- he still doesn't consider himself a hero.

"I consider myself a person who, shall we say, has honor and I wanted to defend my country like several young men did who went over there and never made it back. They are the heroes," said Wizbicki.

The Honor Guard raised Wizbicki's flag in front of the Bong Memorial Center this morning and it will remain up until next Friday.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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