Retired Jewish Hospital Employee Receives WWII Medals


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Mr. Gilbert and his family at the awards ceremony (source: WAVE 3 News).
A retired Jewish Hospital employee, William Edward Gilbert, has waited 72 years, but he has received the medals he's due from World War II.

Mr. Gilbert retired from Jewish Hospital in May 1989 after working as a custodian for almost 20 years.

The three medals awarded to Mr. Gilbert were:
  • The American Campaign Medal is a military award of the United States Armed Forces recognizes those military members who had performed military service in the American Theater of Operations during World War II.
  • The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal is a United States Military Award of the Second World War, which was awarded to any member of the United States Armed Forces who served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater from 1941 to 1945.
  • The World War II Victory Medal is a service medal of the United States military which was established by an Act of Congress on 6 July 1945. The Congressional authorization for the medal specified that it was to be awarded to any member of the United States military who served on active duty, or as a reservist, between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946.
View coverage of Mr. Gilbert accepting his medals here.

Mr. Gilbert now lives with his son and enjoys spending time with his five grandchildren and multiple great-grandchildren. We thank him for his service in the Navy and at Jewish Hospital!