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WILKES-BARRE — The family of a late World War Two veteran accepted medals Thursday in Wilkes-Barre after they were awarded to the Pearl Harbor survivor posthumously.

Sergeant John Ostrum was bestowed the service medals and ribbons, including a Bronze Star and a Sharpshooter badge, for his service over seven decades ago.

The medals were presented by Congressman Matt Cartwright at his office along North Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre.

Ostrum’s children tell Newswatch 16 that their father risked his life during the attack on Pearl Harbor by moving an oil tanker away from a burning airplane hanger, all while under heavy fire.

Sergeant Ostrum died many years ago at the age of 58.