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Veteran gets his medals

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 am

World War II veteran James Dikeman, 91, of Little Neck, seated left, finally got the military honors he deserved at a ceremony last week sponsored by Rep. Steve Israel, standing left.

Dikeman, who served as an infantryman from 1942-45, was injured in Tunisia in 1943. Israel learned last year that the veteran never received the nine medals he was due because his military records were destroyed in a fire.

Among them are the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal and European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with two bronze service stars,

At the ceremony were Dikeman’s brother, David, seated right, and standing with Israel Councilman Mark Weprin, left, and the veteran’s relatives Mary Desmond, Joanie Dikeman, Karen Smith and Rosemary Dikeman.

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