Sen. Graham honors WWII veteran on Yorktown

Sen. Graham honors WWII veteran on Yorktown

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham spent part of his day Tuesday at Patriots Point to attend an awards ceremony to honor a WWII veteran.{}

Claude James Clifton, Jr. was honored in a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. aboard the USS Yorktown.

He fought in seven battles during World War II, his ship was hit by a Kamikaze pilot, and he lived to tell the story his name is Claude Clifton.

The 91-year-old veteran said more than 50 years ago his war medals went missing.

Clifton said when he returned home after service, he gave all of his medals to his mother, and he never saw them again.

"I looked all over for those for medal I don't know what happen to them," said the Navy veteran.

On Tuesday, Graham gave Clifton the surprise of a lifetime. He returned the veteran all seven of the medals that went missing.

"Mr. Clifton as a young man did what was required of him to defend this nation and these medals represent his sacrifice," said Graham.

Clifton volunteered to join the Navy in 1941 when he was only 17 years old as an Aviation Machinist. He says he never thought he would get the medals back that he earned.

"I never thought I would get recognized like this. I'm just so grateful, this is wonderful, just wonderful," Said Clifton.

The ceremony ended with cake and pictures, and Clifton, ready to go home to put his medals on the wall.

"I am proud of them, and I want everyone to them," said Clifton.{}

Graham's campaign team hosted a free BBQ dinner on Monday evening. Over 300 people attended the free event held at the Candlelite Pavilion of Summerville's Country Club.

On Wednesday, a Winthrop poll will be released that will offer insights into what South Carolinians' think about politicians including Sen. Graham, Sen. Tim Scott, Gov. Nikki Haley, and the S.C. State Legislature.

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