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Took a bullet in battle

Madison Erhardt

It's taken many years but Cornelis Jan Hendrik Verwey has been given a medal for his service just after World War Two. 

Verwey, 90 and of Kelowna, was presented with the Netherland's Medal for Injury in Battle on Monday during a ceremony at Northwood Residence. The medal was presented by the Dutch defence attaché, Lt.-Col. Ton Linssen. 

The medal acknowledges Verwey's service in the Netherlands Armed Forces during action in Indonesia in 1946.

He took a bullet to his spine while driving a convoy truck from Belawan to Medan.

"It's a huge honour for me to be presenting this award today," said Linssen. "It is a special day for me as well. As the representative of the Netherlands' embassy this is one of the good things about this job."

There are strict criteria for awarding the medal. 

The Military Medal for Injury in Battle (DIG) is awarded to soldiers and veterans who have suffered physical or psychological injuries under war conditions or during peace operations. The DIG is important for the military and veterans recognizing the number of sacrifices they have made. 



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