World War II POW to Receive Nine Military Medals

The destroyer, USS Schley (DD 103). Photo credit:

The destroyer, USS Schley (DD 103). Photo credit:

Imagine fighting in World War II, surviving four years as a Prisoner of War at camps in Japan and China only to have the U.S. Military lose your records.

The Prisoner of War Medal. Photo credit:

The Prisoner of War Medal. Photo credit:

Lost paperwork is not uncommon in the military especially if those records date back to World War II when everything was typed with carbon copies.

But that is the reason why 94-year-old McPherson Plecker never received the nine medals earned during his Navy service from 1940-1946.

The Navy Fireman First Class served on the destroyer, USS Schley (DD 103) and volunteered to go to Wake Island.

Plecker is now a patient of Suncoast Hospice patient. And like many veterans, he never mentioned his missing service medals. But when his hospice care team learned about his service and the lack of recognition, they contacted the Department of the Navy and worked to rectify the 67-year oversight.

Saturday at 10 a.m. former Congressman Mike Bilirakis will present Plecker with nine service medals including a Purple Heart for his injuries suffered during the battle at Wake Island. He’ll also receive the Prisoner of War Medal and the American Defense Service Medal.

The ceremony is planned at the Plaza at the Palms of Largo, 385 Alternative Keen Road, Largo. which is dedicated to veterans.

Plecker’s story is part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.


3 Responses

  1. It makes my day to know another has been recognized for their service. Thank you for this post.

  2. A morale satisfation for a veterans, whose bigness is on his semplicity and his spontaneity. We have made little for Pleker, but we are sure this is expression of ou thoughts and thanks, of our sentiments. he i part of our family claudio alpaca

  3. Very Nice, Its nice to listen that the service is always rewarded.

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