World War II veteran and prisoner of war McPherson “Mac” Plecker, 94, receives a military congressional coin from former U.S. Congressman Mike Bilirakis, left, in a ceremony Sept. 14 at The Plaza at the Palms of Largo. Plecker was awarded nine military medals that he had earned but never received, pinned on his chest by retired Senior Chief Petty Officer Paul Rizzo, right.
LARGO – Sixty-seven years after his discharge from the U.S. Navy, World War II veteran and prisoner of war McPherson “Mac” Plecker, 94, received the nine military medals he earned but never received.
The medals were awarded in a ceremony Sept. 14 at The Plaza at the Palms of Largo.
Plecker, a patient at Suncoast Hospice, said the paperwork for the medals was lost many years ago. Humble as many veterans are, he never mentioned it to others.
Upon learning about Plecker’s service and missing medals, his Suncoast Hospice care team offered to help work with the Department of the Navy to get his medals and ribbons.
Among those he received were the Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal and the American Defense Service Medal. Former U.S. Congressman Mike Bilirakis presented Plecker with an American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol in his honor recently as well as a military congressional coin. Staff from Congressman Bill Young’s office also read a letter of gratitude from Congressman Young.
Suncoast Hospice and Palms of Largo co-hosted the event. The Plaza at the Palms of Largo is space designed for and dedicated to veterans.