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Local WWII veteran receives posthumous honors

Office of Congressman Chris Collins

A local World War II veteran received some long overdue honors on Saturday.

U.S. Army Captain Alton J. Loysen served as a navigator aboard B-25 Bombers during the war, taking part in the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign.

Congressman Chris Collins posthumously awarded six medals for Loysen's service to his wife, Antoinette, and family members.

The awards included the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal, which Loysen had never received. Also awarded were the Air Medal, American Defense Service Medal, European-African-Middle East Campaign Medal, and an Honorable Service Lapel Pin.

During his time in service, Loysen was assigned to Squadron B, 2517th Unit out of Ellington Field in Houston, Texas.

Collins said Loysen fully embodied what is known as the "greatest generation."

Avery began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey for WRUB, the University at Buffalo’s student-run radio station.