WWII double ace honored in Cumberland County

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A local heavily decorated World War II veteran received special recognition for his service. Congressman Lou Barletta presented a Congressional Recognition Certificate to U.S. Army Captain John Barry Lawler during a special ceremony at an assisted living facility in Mechanicsburg.

As a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Captain Lawler flew 120 combat missions in Europe during World War II. He also has 11 confirmed victories in air combat, which certified him as a double ace.

"I was very lucky to be successful," Lawler said. "I know I shot down 11 enemy planes which is something and I'm just glad it's in my history and I enjoyed every minute of it."

Captain Lawler has received the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Commendation Medal, Unit Citation, and European Theater Medal.