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Just-awarded World War I vet dies

Ernest Charles Pusey, whom Gov. Jeb Bush honored with a victory medal, dies at 111.

Associated Press
Published November 24, 2006


BRADENTON - Ernest Charles Pusey, one of the nation's longest living World War I veterans, died soon after he was honored with a medal for his service to the country, family members said. He was 111.

Mr. Pusey's death Sunday (Nov. 19, 2006) left fewer than 25 living U.S. veterans of World War I out of nearly 5-million who served, according to the Veterans Affairs Department.

"I was deeply saddened to learn that Mr. Pusey had passed away. It was my privilege to meet with him," Gov. Jeb Bush said in a news release. "We should not forget him, and other veterans, who sacrificed so much for this country."

The governor presented Mr. Pusey with a World War I Victory Medal the day before Veterans Day. Mr. Pusey didn't recall receiving a medal after the war, and nobody could find any evidence that he had.

During the ceremony at Mr. Pusey's mobile home, the veteran about his time on the USS Wyoming during the war and "stopping at different cities out there."

A black-and-white photo of the battleship hung on the wall of his home near a framed letter of congratulations from President Bush, and the president's brother added the glass-encased medal to a table near Mr. Pusey's recliner.

Mr. Pusey was born in 1895 in Washington. He joined the Navy in 1917 and spent much of the war patrolling around the British Isles. He later worked for General Motors before moving to Florida in 1960.

[Last modified November 24, 2006, 00:49:24]

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