‘Heroism Knows No Age’: WWII Veteran Receives Medal 75 Years After It Was Awarded

By Louise Bevan
Louise Bevan
Louise Bevan
Louise Bevan is a writer, born and raised in London, England. She covers inspiring news and human interest stories.
August 11, 2021 Updated: August 11, 2021

A World War II U.S. Army veteran has been presented with a Bronze Star medal, 75 years after the medal was first awarded; however, the veteran had no idea of his accolade at the time.

The Bronze Star medal was presented to Private First Class Ubaldo Joseph Ciniero in a ceremony at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on July 27.

Brigadier General Michael J. Leeney, the deputy commanding general of operations for the 40th Infantry Division, attended in person to deliver the veteran’s long-awaited award.

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WWII veteran U.S. Army Private First Class Ubaldo Joseph Ciniero receiving his award on July 27. (Screenshot/Staff Sgt. Kimberly Hill/DVIDSHUB)

“In retrospect, when we look back and understand what he did when he was a young man, it’s like, wow,” said Ciniero’s son, Joel Ciniero, in footage shot by the California National Guard. “I’ve got to tell you, it sets you down for a minute, makes you think. For sure, my dad is my hero.”

According to Joel, his father never spoke about the war itself, choosing instead to share stories of the camaraderie between himself and his fellow soldiers. He was always very guarded because “combat was difficult for him,” Joel said.

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The army veteran back in the day. (Screenshot/Staff Sgt. Kimberly Hill/DVIDSHUB)

Intrigued to know more, the veteran’s son scoured the internet and found his father’s name on the website of the U.S. Army’s 8th Armored Division, with whom Ciniero was deployed in Europe during World War II. He noticed there was a record of his father earning the Bronze Star, yet when he asked Ciniero to confirm, the veteran knew nothing about it.

“We never got the opportunity to have a ceremony, so that’s why we’re here today,” Joel explained.

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The veteran’s son, Joel Ciniero. (Screenshot/Staff Sgt. Kimberly Hill/DVIDSHUB)

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Ciniero earned his Bronze Star for “meritorious achievement in active ground combat.”

The California National Guard, wishing to celebrate the veteran on the occasion of his award ceremony, posted on Twitter, writing: “Heroism knows no age.”

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(Screenshot/Staff Sgt. Kimberly Hill/DVIDSHUB)
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(Screenshot/Staff Sgt. Kimberly Hill/DVIDSHUB)

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(Staff Sgt. Kimberly Hill/DVIDSHUB)

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Louise Bevan
Louise Bevan
Louise Bevan is a writer, born and raised in London, England. She covers inspiring news and human interest stories.