Andrew Dys

Haley to honor S.C. World War II POWs – including those from York, Chester counties – with state medal

South Carolina’s surviving prisoners of war from World War II will be recognized with the new South Carolina Prisoner of War medal Thursday in a ceremony at the Statehouse.

Paul Luckadoo, 93, of Fort Mill, who survived 10 months and 13 days in a German prison camp in World War II, is among the prisoners who will be honored Thursday in the ceremony at the office of Gov. Nikki Haley.

“My father is excited to be a part of this, and to receive the medal,” said Paula Luckadoo Horne, Paul Luckadoo’s daughter.

Luckadoo was one of three brothers who served in World War II. One brother, Hubert, was killed in action in the Pacific.

Pete Wylie, 92, a German prisoner from Chester who now lives in Columbia, also will be honored.

The law that created the medal was sponsored by state Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, and went into effect in 2014.

“These heroic people deserve recognition and I am proud to have helped be a part of that,” Hayes said.

Hayes will be part of Thursday’s ceremony set for 11 a.m.

T.J. Martin of York, 85, a Korean War prisoner of war, will be part of Thursday’s ceremony. Martin has worked with the York County Veterans Advisory Council, as well as with state and federal prisoner of war groups.

Sept. 2 was the 70th anniversary of the formal surrender of Japan – V-J Day – when victory of Japan was officially announced and World War II was over in 1945.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065, adys@heraldonline.com

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