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Shuster Awards Medals Posthumously to Merrill Marauders' Family

Uniontown – Congressman Bill Shuster was honored today to award the Bronze Star and other various military medals posthumously to the family of Paul E. Kolp, Jr. of Fayette County at a ceremony in Uniontown. Kolp served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Merrill’s Marauders, officially named the 5307th Composite Unit.

“It is always one of my greatest honors to recognize our men and women who serve our nation. Paul Kolp Jr. served his country valiantly throughout World War II and even in death that contribution to our nation’s security should be recognized, said Shuster.”

The Merrill’s Marauders were an Army long-range penetrationspecial operationsjungle warfare unit, which fought in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations during World War II. The unit became famous for its deep-penetration missions behind Japanese lines, often engaging Japanese forces superior in number.

“I’d like to thank the Laurel Highlands Air Force Junior ROTC and the members of the Uniontown American Legion for assisting me in honoring this fine American. As we remember our nation’s birthday and all who fought to give us our precious liberties, we have to remember those like Paul Kolp who fought to protect those sacred values,” said Shuster.

Kolp’s family was awarded the following medals today in recognition of his service:

Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
Good Conduct Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
American Defense Service Medal with 1 bronze service star
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 1 bronze service star
World War II Victory Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award
Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII
Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar