Man who died in WWII to get Bronze Star -

Man who died in WWII to get Bronze Star

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis soldier killed in action during World War II finally gets his Bronze Star Medal, thanks to the perseverance of the daughter born two months after his death.

Technical Sgt. Walter Wojcik was killed in action on July 7, 1944, in Normandy, France. His military personnel file was destroyed in a 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, but his daughter, Patricia Spier, was able to obtain documentation confirming that in addition to the Purple Heart her father earned, he was due a Bronze Star Medal, too.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, awarded the medal to Spier during a ceremony Monday at the Soldier's Memorial in St. Louis. Spier called it a "very special occasion."

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