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World War II veteran receives four medals for his service

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FORT KNOX, Ky. (WDRB) -- A World War II veteran from Elizabethtown received a huge surprise, just one day after his 97th birthday.

Bob Borger was on a mission that has been a month in the making.

Borger said, "I told my wife Pam that this is going to be a secret and I can't believe the secret lasted this long. I was shocked."

Born in Wisconsin and proudly wearing his Packers shirt and hat, his father-in-law, retired Sgt. First Class Sylvester Burg, turned 97 on Sunday and that's not the only huge milestone. Borger helped coordinate a ceremony at Fort Knox  to make sure his veteran father-in-law received all the honors he deserves.

Burg thought he was there to bring his records to the 84th Training Command, but received four medals instead including the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Philippine Independence medal.

Burg said, "Look at all these people. I can't believe it. I sure appreciate it. What an honor."

Borger said, "For me, I thought it was the right thing to get him his awards and he has everything he is authorized to have."

Burg was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 and served as a combat medic in Australia and New Guinea in World War II. After 35 years of federal service, these medals are for his time in the Philippines as a military policeman.

Burg said, "Pretty proud. Too bad my wife isn't here. We finished 50 years of marriage and she died within the next year."  These days, Burg says he is always with his dog Monty, who he rescued, and he says has helped him through the tough times.

Burg said, "He eats with me. He sleeps with me. If I move from there to here, he's gonna follow me wherever I go. He's my little life saver. That's how I got to be 97."

His family says they learned a lot about all that their father has accomplished and sacrificed.

Sylvia Nostrant, his daughter said, "It's emotional, overwhelming and I'm glad I'm here."

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