St. Louis, MO (KSDK) -- A Pearl Harbor veteran living in St. Louiswho did not receive his medalsuntil a little over a year ago has died, his son told NewsChannel 5.
John Moton Jr., who served in the Navy from 1939 until 1945, diedon Sunday, August 12.
NewsChannel 5 covered a story on Moton in February of 2011, where after a talk with his congressman, Moton was awarded something that was long overdue: eight different service medals. He was 91-years-old.
Moton said he was on the second deck of the ship when the attacks on Pearl Harbor happened. Moments later, he was feeding shells up to the anti-aircraft gun.
Upon discharge from the Navy, Moton and his family settled in the St. Louis area. But there was always something missing: medals for his service.
Moton talked it over with Rep. Lacy Clay, andthat waswhat came of it.
"I think it's the greatest moment of my life," said Moton.
Moton received eight medals, among them: the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal.
Funeral arrangements for Motonare pending.