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Family of one of Indiana’s most decorated war heroes receives medals 70 years later

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KOKOMO, Ind. (Feb. 22, 2016)-- One of Indiana’s most decorated war heroes was given the recognition he deserved Monday.

Tucked away in her mother’s suitcase in an attic were plenty of pictures of Valerie Johnston’s dad, Master Sergeant Guy Woodhouse. She didn't find any service medals.

“I’d heard from my brothers, talking about he’d gotten the Silver Star and the Bronze Star but I didn't know about all the other stuff,” said Johnston.

In September, she wrote a request to Senator Joe Donnelly (D – Indiana) asking him to help find her father’s distinctions that were either lost over time, or never rewarded.

“Guy Woodhouse received so many awards for his service to the United States that we had to build a special box to hold all of them,” said Donnelly.

Nearly 70 years after his service in World War II and Korea, Woodhouse’s family finally received the 13 decorations and service medals he had earned.

“A couple things I do know, but there are some things he wouldn’t tell me either,” said Larry Woodhouse, Guy Woodhouse’s son.

Woodhouse died in 1989, taking with him the many stories that had earned him a Bronze and Silver Star, the four injuries that got him a Purple Heart, and the stories about his time as a German POW.

“If you put a definition of a Hoosier that would be it,” said Donnelly.

“My dad wouldn’t want all this recognition. He was a very humble man. He never talked about it to me,” said Johnston.

Now, 70 years later, it’s official. Woodhouse is one of Indiana’s most highly-decorated war heroes.

Not only did Woodhouse enlist in both World War II and Korea, but he served in the National Guard twice. He’s also the most decorated war hero in the history of Miami County, where he lived for much of his life.