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A hero's recognition 7 decades in the making

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 01:13

March 15 - World War Two Vet James Garnett finally honored after 71 years -- with a Purple Heart. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Private First Class James Garnett never knew he was due more than half a dozen medals -- including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JAMES GARNETT SAYING: "I was overwhelmed. I couldn't believe it." Son-in-law Fred Craft made the discovery looking at Garnett's discharge papers. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FRED CRAFT SAYING: "He did not recognize until three days ago that he was going to receive medals for something that he did 71 years ago." He helped organize a service to honor Garnett, who was wounded twice in combat and held captive by the Germans for 19 months. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FRED CRAFT SAYING: "We told him there was going to be a ceremony and he goes, 'for me?' And we said, 'yes, dad, for you.' And he said, 'why?' And I told him and he goes, 'I guess it's better than being undecorated.'" Now along with his wife of 67 years -- recognition. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JAMES GARNETT SAYING: "I'm very humbled by this attention today. I accept these medals in the name of all who served, and especially for those who made the ultimate sacrifice." Gernett's own sacrifice is finally honored -- even if it was seven decades in the making.

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A hero's recognition 7 decades in the making

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 01:13