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Widow Receives Replacement for Vet's Lost Purple Heart

By Mike Mauer
The Tube City Almanac
August 04, 2015
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Above: Betty Bugay of West Mifflin is presented a Purple Heart medal by Jake Bradich, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 914 Intrepid. (Mike Mauer photo)

A West Mifflin woman has received a replacement for her late husband's lost Purple Heart medal, through the efforts of the borough's Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Members of VFW Post 914 "Intrepid" last week presented Betty Bugay with the medal and a certificate on behalf of her husband, John E. Bugay Sr., who died in 1998. The first medal was lost.

Bugay served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 1, 1950, until his discharge July 31, 1952. He was wounded with shrapnel in both legs May 20, 1951, while serving on active combat duty during the Korean War.

In other news, the West Mifflin VFW post also was awarded an Allegheny County Council Certificate of Achievement by the Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey, who represents District 9.

The certificate honors Post 914 for being selected as an "All-State Post" this year after accomplishing a long list of service-oriented goals outlined by the VFW's Department of Pennsylvania.

Less than 15 percent of Pennsylvania’s 460 posts were feted during the VFW’s state convention this year for earning the title of All-State Posts.  Post 914 Intrepid is one of only two posts to win this honor from VFW District 29, which includes Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, a spokesman said.

Conflict of Interest Note: Mike Mauer is a member of VFW Post 914 Intrepid and is also a board member of Tube City Community Media Inc.

Originally published August 04, 2015.

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