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WWII POW Honored

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 Senior Chief Petty Officer, USN (Ret) Paul Rizzo, Scribe for the NCOA Knights of the Square Table, presents NCOA’s World War Veterans Medallion signifying Honor and Remembrance to World War II veteran Petty Officer “Mac” Plecker along with 9 other military decorations.
Photos by: Chris Hopper, Reporter, Bay News 9

A man who put his life in danger for the greater good of his country finally received the honor he deserves. World War II veteran Petty Officer “Mac” Plecker, 94, was a prisoner of war for four years after his group was overwhelmed on Wake Island in 1941. Plecker’s awards request paperwork was lost years ago. He never really mentioned it to anyone, but when his caretakers at the Palms of Largo got word they made sure to right this wrong.

Former Congressman Mike Bilirakis was on hand to present a flag to Plecker that was flown over the Capitol in the veteran’s honor. Representative Bilirakis wanted a local uniformed U.S. Navy Petty Officer to actually pin the awards on Plecker and tasked Sir Paul Rizzo to do so. Sir Paul also presented NCOA’s WWII Medallion to this deserving Veteran.

Plecker’s daughter, Mary Gerrity, felt a wave of emotion as her father came face  to face with those medals for the first time. “It means the world,” Gerrity said. “That’s just something I know he deserves. This was just really wonderful.”

The magnitude of this day was not lost on Plecker either. “I’ve looked around as the ceremonies have gone on here and people have drawn tears and that means something too, people really do care,” he said. Plecker plans to display the medals in a frame so he can look at them whenever he wants.

Also participating were NCOA past Grand Knight, Sir Richard Steinberg, his PTSD Service dog Kira, and their local Patriot Guard Riders group. They were given the mission to assist with the ceremony’s flag line.

 

 

Code Page

NCOA_Convention

 

Colorado Springs Expo

May 7, 2013

050713-Colorado-Springs

Chicago Expo

050913 - ChicagoMay 9, 2013

Fort Bragg, NC Expo

May 14, 2013

051413 - Ft. Bragg

Camp Lejeune, NC

May 16, 2013

051613 - Camp Lejeune

San Antonio, TX Expo

June 4, 2013

060413 - San Antonio

 

 

Featured Benefit University of Phoneix

 
University of Phoenix
Offer Benefits :

The University of Phoenix has partnered with the NCOA to offer eligible members considerable discounts on tuition and rEsource fees. This is an exciting opportunity that you don’t want to miss!
Eligible members of NCOA can receive:

• 25% off Graduate and Post Graduate Programs.

• Potential students who meet with a Military Division Representative and enroll within thirty days following the meeting can have the current application fee waved for Graduate and Post-Graduate programs.

• Waiver of eResource fees for eligible undergraduate students.

Eligibility:

Only members in the following NCOA divisions are eligible for educational discounts:
• Regular Division
• Apprentice Division
• International Auxiliary (current spouses and widows/widowers only)
*Members of the Veterans’ Division and Associate Division are not eligible

The University of Phoenix also offers active duty members of the military and their spouses’ significant discounts on undergraduate programs.

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For more information or to register call 800-366-9699 and ask to be transferred to the Military Team. Mention that you are a member of the NCOA so that you can get the discounts you deserve.

For general information

http://www.phoenix.edu/content/altcloud/en/colleges_divisions/military.html

 

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