WWII Vet Receives Medal More Than 60 Years After Service

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A local man received his purple heart medal more than 60 years after his service to the country.

U.S. Representative Chet Edwards presented the prestigious medal to the World War II veteran, Perry Shirley.

Shirley was injured twice while serving in combat, but never received one of his medals.

Friends, family and veterans were in attendance to honor the man who risked his life for his country.

Edwards' office helped research Shirley's military record to recover the Purple Heart medal.

Thursday morning, the medal that has been absent for many years found its rightful spot next to the heart of Shirley.