JANUARY 2, 2007 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CST
SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A World War Two veteran from Searcy was recently recognized for his service to the country. Clarence Fowler was 19 when he went to war. He received several medals from Congressman Vic Snyder this weekend in a ceremony the day before Fowler's 83rd birthday.
The congressman presented the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with a silver oak leave cluster and three bronze oak leaf clusters. Fowler also received the Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars.
Fowler was an airplane mechanic gunner when he entered the Army in 1943. He was assigned as a technical sergeant to a squadron of B-26 bombers.