One month shy of his 93rd birthday, a local World War II veteran is being recognized for his sacrifice.
Richard McConnell’s battered uniform, that he wore overseas more than 70 years ago, was just recently restored. Friday, The 92-year-old donated the historic ensemble to the Zanesville Post of the American Legion in a special ceremony at Willow Haven Nursing Home, where he currently resides.
"I was surprised to see it, because we thought it was lost and my daughter found it, and I was shocked to see it was in as good of shape as it was, I just wish I fitted in it now,"McConnell said.
McConnell’s uniform marks the first ever of World War II veterans to be on display at the post. McConnell survived both malaria and rabbit fever following his time in the service, and told us he didn’t think he’d live to see this special day.
"It’s just nice to be remembered, and I think about all of the fellows from Zanesville who served with me, I liked them so well, three of them were with me everyday," McConnell said.
McConnell’s suit was restored by Nikko’s Dry Cleaning in Zanesville. To see the historic uniform, you can visit the Zanesville Post of the American Legion downtown.