POW gets medal decades after imprisonment

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These days, John M. Fox finds himself tethered to an oxygen tank via a plastic tube, a demand of pulmonary fibrosis.

Seventy years ago, a cable linked the Redding Township farm boy to the intercom aboard his B-17 Flying Fortress that delivered bombs across Germany during World War II.

Fox, now 89, and his crew had just delivered their explosives on a German target when their aircraft was damaged by Nazi defenders on April 13, 1944. The pilot managed to keep the B-17 under control and in the air.


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