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Technician Fifth Grade Harry I. Purpura Class of 2005

					Distinguished Flying Cross

United States Army

Bronze Star with "V" Device

Technician Fifth Grade Harry I. Purpura, 35617448, 393d Infantry, United States Army, for heroic action in connection with military operations against the enemy on 16-17 March 1945, in Germany. Technician Fifth Grade Purpura administered first aid and evacuated some 30 wounded through artillery and mortar fire for a period of 36 hours. During the night, he was bringing 4 wounded men back to the aid station when a shell came so close to his jeep he lost control and went off into the ditch. The jeep had a broken front wheel, but unhesitatingly he loaded a few of the wounded who had fallen off from the concussion of the shell, drove the damaged vehicle and the wounded, still through artillery fire, to the aid station to safety and further evacuation. The courage and determination displayed by Technician Fifth Grade Purpura merit the highest praise. Entered military service from Ohio.

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