94-year-old New Hampshire World War II veteran gets overdue Purple Heart

Staff Writer

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A World War II veteran in New Hampshire who is battling cancer has finally received a long-awaited Purple Heart. Cpl. Francis Byrne, of Manchester, received the awarded at a Friday ceremony at Elliot Hospital.
He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was injured in the line of duty in Belgium. He was hit by shrapnel from a landmine.
Byrne’s lieutenant had promised to fill out the paperwork for a Purple Heart, but he was killed in action the next day...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.

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