Vet Awarded Purple Heart 69 Years After Sniper Shooting

Martin Medellin's friends pushed for the award long after the WWII veteran was injured on a French battlefield.
3:00 | 03/07/14

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A surprise. For one World War II veteran in California 88 year old Martin -- Was shot by German sniper on -- battlefield in France 69 years ago as he rescued 283 soldiers. Trapped by German machine gun fire he and his family always wondered if he would get a purple heart for -- actions. And then just this week they all thought they were going to a VFW fund raiser in -- -- got the surprise of a lifetime that prestigious medal presented to him after all these years. He was -- Don't grip it I'm really couldn't believe -- really amazing and I won't be around too much and -- I don't think what. -- must I don't have it. -- and and it and its. -- -- -- Anybody deserved that he did his problem was that he was treated by a field medic. Not a hospital. So records are almost zero in that case. But it was a worthy cause it was a good cause. Even met with family had no idea about the medal presentation. They all teared up Whitaker.

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