Purple Heart awarded to St. Cloud area man 70 years later
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A World War II gunner who survived when his B-17 bomber was shot down over Germany in 1943 has been officially awarded a Purple Heart medal in St. Cloud.
Ninety-two-year-old Lawrence Huschle was held as a prisoner of war for nearly two years after the plane crash. Initially, the government couldn't verify that Huschle's plane was shot down or that he was treated for injuries suffered in battle.
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