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

December 17, 2018

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.

Byrne was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer two months ago. His wish was to receive the award before he dies.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced this month that Byrne would finally be awarded a Purple Heart.

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