Decorated Pa. veteran passes away

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Dec 31, 2013 3:14 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Retired Major General Nick Kafakalas, a Veteran's advocate and Pennsylvania's former adjutant general, has died.

Kafakalas, who served in France during World War Two, was a former Commanding General of the 28th Infantry Division.

He earned two Silver Stars for Gallantry and a Purple Heart. Governor Corbett -- who served under Kafakalas in the National Guard -- released a statement today, saying the state and nation are better, safer places because of his service.

Major General Wesley Craig, Pennsylvania's current adjutant general, says the Pennsylvania National Guard and Veterans of the Commonwealth suffered a great loss today.

In a statement, Craig says Kafakalas was a mentor to himself and hundreds of other officers and nom-commissioned offers throughout his 40-year military career.

Retired Major General Nick Kafakalas was 93 years old.

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