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Howard Miskelly receives Bronze Star

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Howard Miskelly was in active military for almost three years in the 406th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division during World War II. He entered the draft on his 18th birthday.

"On your birthday you had to go register. Thirty days later you're gonna be in the military," he says. "I fought solid seven days a week for seven months."

His unit's worst nightmare overseas, he says, was seizing an entire German town in the dark, house by house. And as his unit captured a training camp, his best friend in the Army was shot through the heart.

Miskelly came home uninjured, and showed us the tattered bible he wore next to his heart during wartime. At the Mississippi State Capitol on Friday, he received the Bronze Star, given only to those whose actions in the Army are considered heroic and meritorious.

"Howard Miskelly is one of the great generation who would have never told you he was a hero, who would have never thought of himself that way. Like hundreds of millions of young men and women, he went to the call of his country," said Governor Phil Bryant.

After coming home, he owned a clothing store before his wife Ann suggested a family furniture business, and their children have been a big part of the Miskelly Furniture success.

"We have five wonderful children. We're just a real happy family," Ann Miskelly says.

"There's two things in raising children. Make sure you don't give them much money, and make them work," Miskelly tells us, adding this advice for anyone with ambition: "Just keep working at it and don't leave the Lord out of it. If you want to be successful, you got to include him." 

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