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Military medals arrive 46 years after discharge

Pittston’s Wil Toole served four year with the US coast Guard

Presenting Wil Toole with long overdue medals is his actual Coast Guard Recruiter from August 1961, retired Coast Guard Lt. Bill Shaffer, current Vice President of the NE PA Coast Guard Veteran’s Association and Neil Morrison Coast Guard veteran and Association president.

Forty-six years after discharge from four years of active duty with the US Coast Guard, Wil Toole, of Pittston, has finally received the medals he earned while on active duty.

The US Coast Guard office of Military Personnel, Medals and Awards has issued a corrected form DD 215 which corrects the normal discharge form DD 214 to include authorization of the following medals and ribbons: the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the Coast Guard "E" Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Coast Guard Sea Service Medal and the National Defense Medal.

US Senator Robert Casey has written Toole and advised him that there is action pending in Congress to authorize the Cold War Victory Medal and it is expected that the authorization of that medal is not too far into the future.

Toole is a member of the NE PA Coast Guard Veteran’s Association, Duryea VFW Post 1227, Pittston American Legion Post 477 and is a life member of the Coast Guard Sea Veteran’s Association of America.

Toole enlisted in the Coast Guard on August 2, 1961 and recently celebrated his 50 year anniversary of military service.

Any Coast Guard veteran interested in joining the Association can contact Neil Morrison at 288 6817 or Bob Youngblood at 824 4588.

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