Decades After WWII, Vet Receives Purp...

Decades After WWII, Vet Receives Purple Heart

There are 4 comments on the CBS4 Boston story from Aug 13, 2006, titled Decades After WWII, Vet Receives Purple Heart. In it, CBS4 Boston reports that:

At age 93, a Marblehead man had given up hope he would receive the Purple Heart he had earned in World War II.

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#1 Aug 13, 2006
At his age, everything about him is PURPLE. But I am proud of him.
Francesca Cumero

United States

#2 Dec 14, 2006
My Uncle Angelo S. Viale did not receive his Distinguished Service Cross or his other medals until about 15 years after he earned them on April 2, 1945 Luzon, Philippine Islands.
George Eller

Jacksonville, FL

#3 Dec 16, 2006
Hi Francesca,
Based on information you provided (cited toward bottom), I would say that Sergeant Angelo S. Viale probably served in the US Army's [b]25th Infantry Division ("Tropical Lightning")[/b]. This division saw action at Guadalcanal, New Georgia and the Philippines. The shoulder patch has a yellow lightning bolt on a red taro leaf with a yellow edge.
The only other army division at Guadalcanal was the 23rd Inf Div - but that unit was not at New Georgia.
"25th Infantry Division. Activated in Hawaii in July 1940, from elements of the old Regular Army Hawaiian Division (the balance becoming the 24th Infantry Division), to which a National Guard regiment from the state of Washington was added. Headquatered at Schofield Barracks, the division incurred some casualties during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It served as part of the garrison of Hawaii until December 1942, when it went to Guadalcanal, subsequently seeing action in the Northern Solomons and the Philippines, suffering 5,432 casualties, 1,497 (27.6%) of them battle deaths. The division remained in Japan on occupation duty after the war. Six men won the Medal of Honor."
from:[i]The Pacific War Encyclopedia[/i], James F. Dunnigan and Albert A. Nofi, Checkmark Books, 1998, p 626
"25th Infantry Division ("Tropical Lightning"), Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Philippines. Yellow lightning bolt on red taro leaf edged yellow." [Campaign service and shoulder patch]
from:[i]The US Army in World War II[/i], Mark R. Henry, Osprey Publishing, 2001, p 45
I hope this helps.

Henniker, NH

#4 Apr 25, 2008
My grandpa surved in Luzon and got 2 purple hearts. I am doing a project for Nationial historry day about WW2 in the Philippines and are going to state. My grandma gave me a book that tells about my grandpa's 25th divison which is the 25 so it looks unbelieveable on how people survived but i am gratefull that he came home. But passed away before i was born.

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