BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A Cape Cod man now has remembrances of a father who left when he was a boy after receiving four medals for his father's World War II service.
The Cape Cod Times reported that Michael Zakrzewski received the awards Tuesday during a ceremony in Hyannis.
Army Cpl. William Zakrzewski left after a divorce when his son was in seventh grade. He died in 1987.
His son had only a wedding photo, a war bonds receipt and an old Social Security card, but it was enough to learn his father's history.
A key break was when a federal worker clandestinely provided the location of his father's gravesite. That allowed the Army to find William Zakrzewski's honors, including three bronze service stars.
His son, a Navy veteran, said the information "fills in a lot of blanks."