World War II vet receives medals after 68 years

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - A World War II veteran from Lapwai has received a Bronze Star 68 years after the war ended.

Dwight Staley was presented the medal this month at an American Legion ceremony.

Staley is now 87. He was in Okinawa, Japan, during the final months of the battle for the Pacific at a time when more than a quarter of a million people died.

His son-in-law, David Morton, says he knew Staley was entitled to the Bronze Star, a Presidential Unit Citation and other service medals he never received.

The Lewiston Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/15Uk4sx ) Morton wrote to the national records center in St. Louis and he was told many records were destroyed in a 1972 fire.

Morton then spoke to someone at Army headquarters and the medals arrived eight months later.

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Information from: Lewiston Tribune