Friday October 5, 2012 | By:Felice E. Krycia-associate editor | News
After waiting almost 68 years, U.S. Navy veteran Clayton "Doc" John, of Hamburg, was presented the World War II medals he earned.
Clayton “Doc” John, 87, of Hamburg, was surprised Friday, Sept. 28, when Congressman Brian Higgins arrived at Autumn View and presented him with six service medals he earned while serving in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946 during World War II.
He was a seaman first class, who served in the Invasion of Normandy as part of a four-person crew on a “Landing Ship Tank,” and also was the ship’s pharmacist mate, which earned him his nickname “Doc.” John, grew up in Old Forge, Pa. and worked in the coal mines before coming to Western New York to work in the steel mill. He retired from Bethlehem Steel after 34 years of service.
Through the efforts of John’s family and Higgin’s office, he received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with one bronze star, Combat Action Ribbon, Discharge Button and Honorable Service Lapel Pin.
“I can’t believe I finally got them, I never thought I’d see these,” John said.