Senator Paul presents military medals to family of late WWII veteran

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- U. S. Senator Rand Paul presented military medals to the family of WWII veteran Isaac Taylor during an award ceremony Monday in Bowling Green.

Private First Class Taylor served in the United States Army from 1943 until 1946.

He passed away several years ago, and his family says his medals have gotten lost over time. With Monday's ceremony, the family now has medals to keep and remember their hero.

"Senator Rand Paul doing this does mean a lot, and I don't want to get teary-eyed," said PFC. Taylor's daughter, Sibaria Taylor, who is a Major in the United States Army.

"I wish I would've taken time and said, 'Dad we need to get your awards,' but I was so busy at work. With the military I was mobilized, I was a workaholic but I know he's looking down," she said.

For his honorable service, PFC. Taylor was awarded a Bronze Star, Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with 4 bronze service stars, WWII Victory, Combat Infantry Badge, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 bronze service star, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, and Marksman Badge & Rifle Bar.

Senator Paul presented the medals to the Taylor family at his office in downtown Bowling Green.

"For me it brings to mind how important it is that we think through when we go to war. The soldiers don't get to decide. They take orders and they go to war but it's still important for us to understand that war is a terrible thing and should be the last resort," he said.

Senator Paul said he gets to participate in this type of award ceremony about once or twice a year.

"Sometimes it's been like today where the veteran has passed away and the family would like to get the medals back, they've either been lost somehow in a tragedy or a fire or moving, sometimes it's been with veterans who are still with us, but it's a big deal. People sacrifice their lives for our country and I think it's very important that we honor their service," added Senator Paul.

PFC. Taylor's wife, daughter, and other family members attended the ceremony. The family currently lives in Owensboro.

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