Marin County World War II vet honored

March 17, 2009 8:25:29 PM PDT
A Marin County war veteran was honored Tuesday for his heroics during World War II.

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The Coast Guard presented 88-year-old Walter Firestone with a commendation medal in Alameda.

In 1943, Firestone helped fight a fire on a munitions ship docked in New Jersey that was packed with explosives. Had it exploded, much of metropolitan New York might have been destroyed and thousands of people would have died.

Firestone called Tuesday's honor "unexpected." The Coast Guard says it took this long to track him down.

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