Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Kufchak Jr., a native of Youngstown, retired Friday after a 31-year career in the Marine Corps. He earned the following:

Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device

Purple Heart

Meritorious Service Medal with gold star

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 3 gold stars

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star

Combat Action Ribbon with gold star

Source: 1st Marine Division

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