WADSWORTH, OH (WOIO) - On Friday, January 24, Rep. Jim Renacci presented several medals of honor, including the silver star and the purple heart, to the family of sergeant Dominic "Dom" Eritano, a heroic WWII and Korean War veteran who made the ultimate sacrifice.
An Akron native, Sergeant Eritano was a member of Company B, 1st battalion, 15th infantry regiment, 3rd infantry division.
He served during WWII in the South Pacific for three years, and later reenlisted and was ordered to Korea in February of 1951.
On June 24th,1951, he was listed as missing in action while fighting the enemy in North Korea and was presumed dead on December 31,1953.
Sgt. Eritano's bravery saved the lives of the men in his battalion. After they were trapped by enemy soldiers, facing imminent danger and possible capture, Eritano made the decision to run out in the opposite direction, creating the distraction that gave the men the opportunity to get to safety.
In addition to the silver star and the purple heart, Sergeant Eritano earned the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, CIB, Philippine Liberation Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button, and Sharpshooter Badge with Carbine Bar.
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