WWII veteran awarded after 71 years

Posted By: Camila Orti


It was a special morning for one Lincoln veteran. 71 years after serving in World War II, he’s finally getting his medals.

90-year-old Bob Cather still vividly remembers his years serving as a platoon scout during WWII.

“The platoon scout’s job was to draw the enemy fire, it was experience for a 19-year-old,” Cather said.

Cather served for three years in the Infantry in the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines.

“Through those years I had acquired yellow jaundice, malaria, ringworm and jungle rot,” Cather said.

After returning home, Cather says he received some recognition but nothing quite like what he got Monday at a ceremony that took place inside Fortenberry’s office in the Cornhusker Hotel.

“I didn’t feel anybody owed me anything,” Cather said.

A friend of his thought differently. Six weeks ago, he contacted Congressman Jeff Fortenberry’s office so Cather could receive some long-awaited medals.

“My records were burned up in St. Louis so I was always inquisitive as to how many and what, you know,” Cather said, “it was amazing.”

Fortenberry says being involved in ceremonies like is the most rewarding part of his job.

“This is the greatest generation, and here we are 70 plus years later giving him the medals that he won, he deserves, and I just think that’s a tribute to their sacrifice, their sense of duty,” Fortenberry said.

In total, Cather received eight awards including a bronze star for serving in a combat zone.