Purple Heart Given To Wny Man 60 Years Late

02.25.11 | Sarah Harnisch

A long overdue purple heart medal was handed out in western New York yesterday before a large crowd. A veteran from North Chili was honored Thursday for being held as a prisoner of war for 32-months in the Korean war 60 years earlier. 79-year-old Gerald Wolters had been denied because he lacked proof of what had happened. It was because his records were destroyed in the 1973 National Personal Records Center fire in Saint Louis, Missouri. But then Wolter's son-in-law found new documents in the National Archives that proved the story was true, and he wrote Senator Chuck Schumer. The whole thing came to a head Thursday at the Blue Cross Arena, when Wolters was finally publically honored.