Millbrook veteran seeks medal due him

Commander Richard W. Drago, left, of The Military Order of the Purple Heart, met with Bill Orton at The Fountains, to discuss and document some of the deeds performed by Orton during his time in the Pacific during WWII. Drago is helping Orton obtain the medals due him, some of which he only has on paper. photos by Judith O’Hara Balfe

MILLBROOK — Iwo Jima, Japan, is more than 6,000 miles from Millbrook and since World War II, more than 70 years have passed. But for Fountains resident Bill Orton, the battles he fought all those years ago are never far away. Orton recalls the details as though the war happened only yesterday. He fought as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He’s one of the few still alive to talk about it.

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