WWII Vet Receives 3 Purple Hearts

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Nearly 70 years after World War II ended, U.S. Army Veteran and Wounded Warrior, Sgt. Alfred Hurtado was presented with three Purple Hearts, a Combat Infantryman Badge, and nine other medals for his service by the chairman of the Forgotten Heroes campaign. Hurtado completed four combat jumps between 1943 and 1944 and recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

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  1. ecarfar
    ecarfar Jan 09, 2014

    What the hell kind of oversight was this?????

  2. Grusano
    Grusano Jan 09, 2014

    What do you want to bet that it wasn't this hero who kept pestering the VA for his long overdue medals and regognition? Good thing he has family that more than likely took up his cause. Glad he won't go to his final resting place a forgotten hero.

  3. RazzW
    RazzW Jan 10, 2014

    If my eyes are correct, I think I see three OLCs on the Purple Heart, which means he received 4 Purple Hearts, not 3. A small, but significant, difference.

  4. 21766237
    21766237 Jan 11, 2014

    My Dad was one of the first on Omaha beach on D-Day. Though wounded, never received the purple heart since most of the medics were too bush and didn't keep records. Medals are unpredictable things.

  5. steinslinger
    steinslinger Jan 16, 2014

    It Is Good.

  6. 27563208
    27563208 Jan 16, 2014

    I would say, "Better late than never", but that seems so insufficient.

  7. SARvet
    SARvet Jan 16, 2014

    Yup RazzW. Looks like 3 stars indicating 4 awards.

  8. 32056240
    32056240 Jan 20, 2014

    I think this is awesome. As a nation, we should never give up on those that are missing and should continue to plow through the red tape to recognize the efforts of those who served giving blood, sweat, and tears for their country. Yes, this should have been done many moons ago but at least it is being done today. Keep up fight and continue to recognize! 1LT Stansen

  9. poznian
    poznian Oct 02, 2014

    Why would a injured GI be transported from a hospital bed to a POW camp? This kind of a mistake is hard to forget or forgive. This man's humility speaks volumes of his sterling character. God bless you Sir. I am not sure better late than ever applies here. Typical Pentagon SNAFU.

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