Maj. Gen. Nicholas Kafakalas, a former Pennsylvania adjutant general and veteran's advocate, has died.
Kafakalas served in France during World War II. He was also a former commanding general of the 28th Infantry Division.
He died Tuesday at the age of 93.
"His service to his country and the commonwealth spanned more than 40 years and both the nation and Pennsylvania are better, safer places because of his dedication," Governor Tom Corbett said in a statement. "As a recipient of two Silver Stars for Gallantry and a Purple Heart, Major General Kafakalas is a model for each of us to follow in our daily lives."
The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig, said Kafakalas was a mentor to hundreds of officers and non-commissioned officers throughout his military career.
"Even after his retirement, Maj. Gen. Kafakalas continued to champion the rights of Veterans by serving on several advisory committees and acting as mentor to senior leaders in the PA Guard," Craig said in a statement. "The loss of this fine leader will be felt by his family, friends, and by the PA National Guard for years to come."
Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.