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As a Navy pilot during World War II, Michael S. Alexatos, 90, received four awards for his valor during aerial battle.

For shooting down Japanese aircraft in the summer of 1944, Mr. Alexatos' decorations include a Distinguished Flying Cross, and an Air Medal.

David Ortiz, 79, a Korean War veteran who received the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart during his service overseas, walked 400 miles from the Rio Grande Valley to Austin for the Minimum Wage March.

It was the summer of 1966 and hundreds of farm workers took part in the protest for higher wages. Many, including Mr. Ortiz, were beaten by police before the walk even started.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  June 21, 2010; 8:08 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Distinguished Flying Cross, immigration  
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I must take exception to the postings for today, June 22, 2010 in this space. Mr. Shapiro, who allegedly compiled the pieces for inclusion, reported on the Orlando obit for Michael S. Alexatos reworking the text to state that Mr. Alexatos "received four honorary awards for his valor". Honorary awards are given to those in recognition of their work, but not for something they earned, e.g., giving a pop star an honorary Doctorate of Music or an author an honorary Doctorate of Letters. The deceased herein was awarded medals for proven valor in "aerial battle". Mr. taylor should learn that, since this papr and others are reporting more and more frequently on the valor of our young men and women who are dying in battle.


Posted by: jimmy_mac | June 22, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for pointing this out. I have changed the entry by removing the word "honorary" (included in error) to reflect your suggestion. Thanks for reading! -TRS

Posted by: T. Rees Shapiro | June 22, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

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