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60 years to get a Purple Heart


It was like a car accident that lasted for three years.

That's how John Kurtz described the time he spent in the Pacific with a rifle in his hand and helmet strapped to his head, a time he wishes to, but can't, erase from his memory.

"Some of this stuff's been going through my head for the last 60 years," he said. "You don't think about it all the time. It's hard to accept. You just go to sleep with it."

Although it won't eliminate the memories of World War II Kurtz lives with every day, something may soothe some of the pain and perhaps even provide closure to six decades of waiting the Pur...

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