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AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, ALBERT TO GET AWARD FOR VALOR

George Thomas remembers a reunion of Marine veterans six years ago and the guy who was showing pictures of himself and "Green Acres" star Eddie Albert.

"I said, 'What the hell are you doing there with Eddie Albert?' " said Thomas, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in East Berlin. "He said, 'George, don't you remember? He's the one who pulled us out of the water.' "

Thomas learned the then-35-year-old naval lieutenant, Edward Albert Heimberger, never received recognition for commandeering several boats to rescue 70 wounded Marines exposed to heavy fire. Thomas went to his congressman and got a Navy recommendation for Albert, which will be awarded at the VFW post this week.

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