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WASHINGTON — Walter Ehlers, the last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor to participate in the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II, died Feb. 20 at a veterans’ hospital in Long Beach, Calif. He was 92.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announced his death. The cause was kidney failure.
The Kansas-born Mr. Ehlers joined the Army in 1940 along with his older brother, Roland. They spent much of the war together in the same units and took part in campaigns in North Africa and Sicily before the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France in 1944.
Both brothers were members of the 18th Regiment of the First Army Division, but shortly before the Normandy invasion, Roland was transferred to a different company.