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HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 92-year-old World War II veteran from Algonac who once hitched a ride on a Tiger tank courtesy of Germany's legendary Panzer commander Gen. Erwin Rommel has received overdue honors for his military service.
William Pollauf was honored Friday by U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township.
A bureaucratic mix-up had prevented Pollauf from receiving medals he earned in World War II, including one for the 27 months he was a German prisoner of war. He also received the World War II Victory medal, Eastern/African/Middle Eastern campaign medal, Prisoner of War medal and a World War II honorable service lapel button.
Miller said she was "delighted to present the medals, long overdue" to Pollauf.
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121207/METRO03/212070439/1361/WWII-veteran-honored-with-medals-on-Pearl-Harbor-Day">The Detroit News says Pollauf returned to Michigan after the war and worked as a carpenter.