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August 7, 2001 |
Nearly 56 years after World War II ended, and although his discharge papers say he was awarded the Purple Heart medal, Roe McCarthy didn't get it until this summer. McCarthy spent the entire war as a prisoner of the Japanese and got the medal for surviving. "It taught me how much a man can go through and survive," he said. The Japanese captured McCarthy on Dec. 7, 1941, when he was 20 years old and stationed in China with 203 other Marines.
May 20, 2001 |
Attached to Bruce Wiener's belt is an ordinary beeper waiting to receive an extraordinary message. Wherever Wiener goes--a park, a restaurant, a football game, the bathroom--he carries his beeper. If it goes off, he'll have two hours to make it to UCLA Medical Center for a heart transplant. "I'm No. 2 on the list for my blood type, but if there's somebody worse than me tomorrow, I become No. 3," he said. "The doctor said it might take four to five months, but he doesn't know.
July 9, 1999 |
The wartime experiences of Salvatore Sortino and Daniel Barmish seemed right out of the D-Day film "Saving Pvt. Ryan." In fact, they were there on June 6, 1944. Sortino operated a Navy landing craft, depositing Allied troops into the murderous enemy fire at Omaha Beach. Barmish parachuted behind enemy lines with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division before the troops went ashore at Normandy.
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August 19, 1998 |
It took more than half a century--and two failed attempts--but Charles V. Kelsey can finally smile at the shiny Purple Heart in his hand. "Gosh, it's pretty," said the 75-year-old Yorba Linda man as he admired the golden medal with his name engraved on the back. It was a honor he thought he'd never see, because for years he was told he lacked medical proof that his injuries were battle-related. Kelsey earned the Purple Heart, awarded to any U.S.
March 21, 1998 |
A death row inmate convicted of murdering a 78-year-old woman was awarded the U.S. military's Purple Heart on Friday for his service in the Vietnam War. Manuel Babbitt received the decoration at a small, private ceremony at San Quentin state prison, witnesses said. Babbitt earned the medal, awarded to members of the U.S. armed services who are wounded or killed in battle, for injuries he received in 1968 during the siege of Khe Sanh.
December 1, 1997 |
I'm a cold and flu survivor. There were times when I thought I wouldn't live to write that. Times when I was so delirious with fever, so close to the Great Beyond, that I could have sworn I was visited and touched by a posse of angels. (Turns out it was just Della Reese and a wispy Irish woman.) But during my illness--wait, let's not sugarcoat this--my handshake with the Grim Reaper, I began to see striking parallels between the cold-flu and death itself.
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July 10, 1997 |
Sheldon Empol is a big believer in "better late than never." On Saturday, the 76-year-old ex-GI will test that theory when the government finally honors him with a Purple Heart--54 years after he earned it on the point of a bayonet in a Japanese POW camp. Empol will be formally presented with his medal during the Seabee Days opening ceremonies in Port Hueneme at 11 a.m. The medal, said Empol, will be accepted with pride. "In fact, I feel great," he said.
February 3, 1996 |
Two U.S. soldiers wounded in a mine explosion were awarded Purple Hearts on Friday. "I'm lucky to be alive. I'm happy to be alive. It could have been a whole lot worse," said 2nd Lt. Robert E. Washburn, 26, of Gardiner, Maine. Doctors amputated the front of his right foot after the explosion Thursday. Sen. William S. Cohen (R-Maine) pinned the Purple Heart on Washburn in an Army field clinic north of Tuzla. The other wounded American, 2nd Lt. Graeme R. Parnell, 23, of Albuquerque, N.M.