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Local family receives monumental honor from President Obama

Decades overdue, a local family is now holding the military's highest award, the medal of honor, for their loved one.
Decades overdue, a local family is now holding the military's highest award, the medal of honor, for their loved one.

The daughter of a World War Two hero, Pedro Cano, lives in Reedley.

She and her family traveled to Washington D.C. and today accepted the medal of honor for her father at a ceremony at the White House.

The ceremony took nearly one and a half hours.

The president made sure each of the 24 veteran's stories were known, having the story of military bravery read for each.

For the family of Pedro Cano, they say it's recognition deserved and overdue.

Today President Barack Obama awarded Pedro Cano the medal of honor for his bravery on the battlefield in World War Two.

That was almost 70 years ago, his daughter, Dominga, was only a little girl.

She accepted the award for her father she barely knew but whole-heartedly loves.

Pedro Cano is credited for saving numerous soldiers lives.

In December 1944 in Germany, his unit came under enemy fire.

Cano used his slender body to crawl under enemy fire and found a position where he could fight back.

He used a handheld rocket launcher and grenades and held his position for two days killing some 30 German soldiers.

He returned from war but at the age of 32 was killed in a car crash, leaving behind a wife and three children.

Dominga lost a father but today she holds the medal fitting of all of he stories she heard about her dad.

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