WADSWORTH -- Staff Sergeant Dominic Eritano was just 25 when he went missing in Korea nearly six decades ago. His family never stopped wondering what exactly happened to him.
A veteran of World War II service for three years, Eritano, of Akron, reenlisted because he felt that it was his American duty to fight for his country. During a combat mission, Eritano stayed on a hill fighting, allowing his unit to escape. He was never seen or heard from again. He was listed as missing on June 24, 1951 and was presumed dead .
On Friday, his family received the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, CIB, Philippine Liberation Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button, and the Sharpshooter Badge with Carbine Bar.
His niece, Caroline McCoy, now 87, vividly recounts the moments she spent with her Uncle Dominic before he left for Korea.