Modestan, 98, receives Patriot Medal during ceremony at retirement home

January 16, 2014 

Before Arthur Kalunian began his career as a certified public accountant in Modesto in 1946, he traipsed the bug-infested jungles of New Guinea as an Army supply sergeant while serving from 1942 until World War II ended in 1945. Wednesday, the 98-year-old Modestan received a Patriot Medal from the Non Commissioned Officers Association during a ceremony at the Bethel Retirement Community. The event was arranged by Richard Kindle of the Sons In Retirement organization, which also Wednesday orchestrated similar presentations to 21 World War II veterans during a meeting in Turlock. Family members including Kalunian’s wife, Florence; son, David; and daughter, Ellen Reed, attended, along with friends and Bethel staff members.

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