Marine Cpl. Walt Filipek salutes after being awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his actions on the island of Okinawa during World War II. Filipek earned the medals in 1945, but is just now receiving them.
Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, state National Guard adjutant general, pins the Bronze Star on Filipek. The medal is awarded for bravery in combat.
A shadow box of medals Filipek was awarded during the war, but never received because of a bureaucratic snafu. Filipek braved enemy machine guns to save his squad leader June 12, 1945.
Gazette photo by Kenny Kemp.....7.95x6.5.....Walt Filipek salutes during his medal ceremony....