03/05/2012 02:27 pm ET

Lake Saint Louis' Champion For Veteran Recognition Looks To The Future

Ralph Barrale, 88, served under Gen. George Patton in the 3rd Army in World War II, landing at Utah Beach on D-Day. He was at the Battle of the Bulge and at the Remagen Bridge.

"My outfit was front-line military police, combat military. We directed traffic and took in prisoners right behind the infantry," Barrale said.

Barrale has three big scrapbooks filled with commendations and other memorabilia from his years of service, and the walls of the Barrale rec room are covered with framed pictures and awards. Those years of service to his country led Ralph Barrale on a new mission: a campaign for veteran recognition.