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Man receives bronze star for father's role in WWII

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Edward Smalley receives the Bronze Medal. Edward Smalley receives the Bronze Medal.

Ed Smalley received the bronze medal for his father's completed mission during the Normandy invasion during World War II.

Smalley's father, also named Edward, was killed during that Normandy mission.

Smalley, a Springfield resident who was born and raised in Windsor, said he reached out to congressman Richard Neal to replace his purple heart medal and was surprised to learn he would receive the bronze star, as well.

"I'm finally getting recognition for my dad. And not only him, but the 10,000 other G.I.'s that died that day," Smalley said. "It's really the family members. This was a pretty modest generation, so it's the family members that pursue these acknowledgements and correctly so."

Smalley plans to take a trip to France this year to visit his father's grave and learn more about his family's history.

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