West Texas WWII vet to get posthumous purple heart

12/7/2012

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Decades of work are about to come to fruition for the family of a World War II veteran injured when he was struck by a German tank in France.

The U.S. Army is scheduled to award a posthumous Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars Friday to Pvt. Juan C. Marquez, 68 years after he suffered shrapnel wounds and later broken ribs and a separated shoulder when he was hit by the tank. The ward comes 64 years after Marquez died when he was hit by a car in 1948, leaving behind a wife and four young sons.

One son eventually looked at his father's Army documents and saw that he had been wounded in combat. Antonio Marquez says U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison helped get the Army to the decorations.


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