Vet awarded Purple Heart after 64 years
WASHINGTON (July 31, 2009) -- On Jan. 24, 1945, Staff Sgt. Russell A. Coyle was serving as a tanker with the 781st Tank Battalion in Nuberg, France, when he was hit in the leg by enemy shrapnel. Today, in a Pentagon ceremony among family and friends, Coyle was presented his Purple Heart by Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli. As soon as the general pinned the Purple Heart on the 89-year-old Coyle, he presented him with a framed set of seven other awards Coyle had not received due to misplaced paperwork. The vet who saw action in Germany, France and Austria also received an Expert Badge with Submachine Gun Bar, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Bronze Star Attachment (Triple), the Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII along with Good Conduct, American Campaign and World War II Victory medals.

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