CEREMONY TO HONOR WORLD WAR II VETERAN
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana United States Coast Guard officials are scheduled to honor a local veteran for his service during World War II Friday at 10 a.m. at the Hale Boggs Federal Building.
Finn H. Ahlberg Sr., a merchant mariner from December 1941 to December 1946, will receive seven wartime awards, including the Mariner's Medal, an equivalent to the Purple Heart, for injuries received when the freighter he was aboard, the SS Macabi, was hit by an enemy mine and sank within minutes in October 1942.
Ahlberg will also receive an honorable discharge certificate from the Coast Guard, under Public Laws 95-202 of 1988 and 105-368 of 1998, which state that those men who served in Americas Merchant Marine branch of service on ocean-going vessels during World War II can apply for honorable discharge and discharge from active duty certificates for their service.
Through a USA Today article in November 2000, Ahlbergs son, Finn H. Ahlberg Jr., learned that thousands of World War II veterans never received medals and awards they earned for service during the war. The younger Ahlberg spent more than a year researching his fathers service in order to apply for the awards.
Representatives from the Maritime Administration, which operates the Merchant Marines, and Ahlbergs family are scheduled to attend.
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