Capito credited Manchin for pursuing the matter.
While it was not clear why Filipek did not receive his honors sooner, Capito said it is important for veterans to keep papers in order so that earned awards may be delivered.
Cathie Merriman of Lexington, S.C., who is Filipek's daughter, was on hand for the celebration along with several other family members. She said she felt blessed.
"I am proud of him," she said. "He is so excited."
Filipek, a widower, has five children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He is a regular at the Hansford Community Center where he may be found serving coffee or doing the two-step at a dance.
When he addressed the crowd, he said, "I thank all of you for coming. This is a big day for me and a big day for the Hansford Center and the senior citizens of St. Albans."
He led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, just as he does every Monday.
While Filipek was aware that he had earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, he was surprised by the numerous other honors he had garnered.
He served with the Sixth Marine Division in Okinawa. He was a private first class when he left a concealed position to rescue his wounded squad leader. He then wiped out an enemy machine gun nest that was holding up the advance of his platoon. His heroic actions on June 23, 1945, earned him a bronze star.
He was on Okinawa Island when he was wounded on May 29, 1945, and again on June 23, 1945. Both times he sustained shrapnel wounds, received treatment, and immediately returned to duty. He earned a Purple Heart with one gold star for wounds received in action.
Additional honors included combat action ribbon, presidential unit citation, Marine Corps good conduct medal, China service medal, Asiatic-Pacific campaign medal, and World War II victory medal.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.