Six decades after a soldier who had been missing in action in the Korean War officially was listed as killed in action, his family will receive his service medals.
More than a dozen members of the family of Army Sgt. Dominic “Dom” Eritano will receive several medals, including a Purple Heart and a Silver Star, at 11:30 a.m. Friday in a ceremony at the district office of U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci in Wadsworth, Ohio.
Renacci’s staff requested and received the medals from the National Personnel Records Center.
“The family has never been formally presented the medals, and a ceremony has never been conducted in Dom’s honor,” said Megan Taylor, communications director for Renacci, R-Wadsworth. “One family member did receive some of the medals in the mail years ago, but not all of them.”
Eritano, 25, was initially listed as missing in action in June 1951, then killed in action at the beginning of 1954. He previously served three years in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
A graduate of David Hill elementary and Hower Vocational High School in Akron, Eritano received the Silver Star for single-handedly killing a machine gun crew and capturing the emplacement.
Family members also will receive the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Philippine Liberation Medal and others.