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Illinois Veterans Home resident presented with two medals from Luxembourg

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- A war hero was honored on Saturday with two medals at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, including The Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The Luxembourg Ambassador to the United States was in Quincy to present to honor to Nick Scull.

Scull, a 96-year old U.S. Army Veteran, was recognized for his sacrifices in the Battle of Bulge in 1944.

Dawn Whitcomb, the Adjutant at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy, said Mr. Shull was on the frontlines in battle at Hosingen that lasted two days.

"At the end of that two and a half days, the Americans ran out of food, water, and ammunition," said Whitcomb.

"Then they were taken prisoner board to (Stalag) IX-B. So that's where Mr. Scull then spent four months until the end of the Battle of Bulge and he was released."

Luxembourg Ambassador Gaston Stronck said Mr. Scull sacrificed a lot for Luxembourg and for that he deserves to be honored.

"Mr. Scull is a hero, he is a great man and without his service Luxembourg, today would not be a free country. He is a hero for us and he deserves the best recognition that we can offer him today."

Whitcomb said having a hero like Mr. Scull in Quincy is unmatched.

"We're thrilled you know, to have a hero in that capacity."

This is not Mr. Scull's first medal.

He's received the American Theater Ribbon, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Battle Stars, two Overseas Service Bars, and a Purple Heart.

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