WWII soldier’s sister receives decorations decades after his death

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June 3, 2015

During a Memorial Day ceremony in South River, N.J., Stella Gumino poses next to a photo of her brother, U.S. Army Pfc. Albert Krempecki, who was killed while trying to help a fellow prisoner in World War II. Stella received 10 U.S. Army medals and ribbons posthumously for Albert's actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations. (CNS photo/Chris Donahue, The Catholic Spirit) See KREMPECKI June 2, 2015.

During a Memorial Day ceremony in South River, N.J., Stella Gumino poses next to a photo of her brother, U.S. Army Pfc. Albert Krempecki, who was killed while trying to help a fellow prisoner in World War II. Stella received 10 U.S. Army medals and ribbons posthumously for Albert’s actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations. (CNS photo/Chris Donahue, The Catholic Spirit)

SOUTH RIVER, N.J. (CNS) — The house at the end of Herman Street where the Krempecki family once lived is long gone, a victim of flooding from the body of water that gave the borough its name.

But in 1941, 11-year-old Stella Krempecki’s heart was filled with joy when she saw a familiar face near her home, which was then filled with several siblings and her recently widowed father.

The face belonged to Stella’s beloved brother, Pfc. Albert Krempecki, who had enlisted in the Army June 3 of that year, six months before the Japanese drew the United States into World War II by attacking Pearl Harbor. Now Stella Gumino, she said it would be his last visit home.

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