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Daughter receives WWII medals her father never received

Eugene Straub died in 1942 when Japanese torpedoes sank the USS Juneau.

Seventy-five years later in Buffalo, his daughter Marjorie Lagana received his World War II decorations: the Purple Heart, Combat Action ribbon, American Defense Service medal, American Campaign medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal with four bronze stars, World War II Victory Medal and Honorable Service lapel pin.

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw and U.S. Rep. Chris Collins presented them to her at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.

Lagana was six months old in 1942 when her father died.

"Eugene Straub made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II and we honor his brave service to our nation," Collins said.

The second class gunner's mate left military service when his first enlistment ended in May 1941, but he re-enlisted after the Pearl Harbor attack.

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