Purple Heart

Original Purple Heart documents awarded to a World War II soldier from Buffalo were presented to his family Saturday by Congressman Brian Higgins.

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Under a perfect blue sky on a giant portico overlooking Lake Erie, Daniel Shaw's Purple Hearts were delivered yesterday on Purple Heart Day, symbols of his 2007 death in combat in Iraq.

Office of Rep. Brian Higgins

It took 100 years, but Pvt. Walter Rydzewski of Lancaster has finally received the Purple Heart and other medals he earned during World War I.

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Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns is expanding local services and recognition for veterans of the United States military.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Friends and family to deceased war veteran Corporal Robert J. Smith gathered in West Seneca Sunday morning to recognize him for his contributions during the Vietnam War.

Purple Heart awarded 47 years late

Apr 24, 2013
Chris Caya

As Bob Franz recalls, "The year 1966 didn't start out too well for me." As a new soldier in Vietnam, Franz was wounded on two separate occasions in the first four months of 1966. It took another 47 years before he was officially awarded the Purple Heart he deserved.