Late WWII vet receives overdue medals

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A World War II veteran has finally received the medals he earned decades ago.

The New Mexico National Guard honored George Ayala Tuesday presenting his bronze star and five other combat related medals to his widow Martha.

Ayala joined the army and served in the Philippines and Japan during World War II as a private first class. He died in 2012.

After his death, his family found out he was eligible for medals.

His daughter, Georgia Brown, went to Senator Tom Udall’s office for help.

Brown has also received a World War II victory lapels and honorable service lapel for her father. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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