Man who died in WWII to get Bronze Star
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis-area soldier killed in action during World War II would finally get his Bronze Star Medal Monday, 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, was scheduled to award the medal during a ceremony Monday morning at the Soldier's Memorial in St. Louis.