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World War II veteran presented with medals during ceremony in St. Albans

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Friends and family celebrated the achievements of a soldier on Monday, seven decades after his heroic acts.

During a ceremony in St. Albans, West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General James Hoyer presented the Bronze Star and Purple Heart to Corporal Walter Filipek for his actions in World War Two.

Filipek served with the Marine Sixth Division in Okinawa, where he rescued a wounded squad leader, then wiped out an enemy machine gun to save his platoon. He was wounded in action later that year on Guam.

Filipek didn't even know he had been awarded the medals. He gave all of the credit to a good friend, Ellen Mills Pauley. "Here is the gal that got my medals for me right here," said Filipek.

Pauley returned the favor during the ceremony, "Walter is my hero and has been for a long time."

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and St. Albans Mayor Dick Calloway attended the ceremony.