Military.com

WWII Soldier from Western NY OK'd for Posthumous Medals

Nine decorations have been posthumously authorized for Pvt. Carroll Heath, who died in a Japanese prison camp in World War II.(Gowanda Central School District via AP)
Nine decorations have been posthumously authorized for Pvt. Carroll Heath, who died in a Japanese prison camp in World War II.(Gowanda Central School District via AP)

GOWANDA, N.Y. -- Military officials say medals have been posthumously authorized for a soldier from western New York who died while a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II.

U.S. Army officials notified Barbara Hutchinson of Gowanda last month that her cousin, Pvt. Carroll Heath, was entitled to nine decorations, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Prisoner of War Medal.

Heath enlisted after graduating from Gowanda High School in 1940. He was sent to the Philippines, where the Army says he died in late 1942 while a prisoner in Japan. His burial place is unknown.

Information on Heath didn't emerge until earlier this year after a classmate of Heath's and the classmate's son noticed his name had been left off the WWII memorial in Gowanda. His name will be added this year.

Show Full Article