ST. LOUIS (AP) – A St. Louis-area soldier killed in action during World War II is finally getting 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 fire in 1973 at the National Personnel Records Center, but his daughter, Patricia Spier, was able to obtain documentation confirming that in addition to the Purple Heart her father received after his death, he was due a Bronze Star Medal, too.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will award the medal during a ceremony Monday morning at the Soldier’s Memorial in St. Louis.