- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - A Navy veteran who survived some of the World War II’s biggest naval battles in Pacific has received some belated medals in time for his 92nd birthday.

Stephen Dennis of Mechanicville received six medals during a ceremony held this week in his Saratoga County hometown.

Dennis, who turned 92 Saturday, enlisted in the Navy five days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 drew the U.S. into the war. He served aboard the USS Atlanta during the Midway and Solomon Islands campaigns in 1942.

In November 1942, he survived a night battle that left the light cruiser so damaged that it had to be scuttled off Guadalcanal.

Dennis was serving aboard a communications ship anchored in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese officially surrendered aboard the USS Missouri to end the war.

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