- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A 94-year-old northern Virginia veteran who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and survived a death march as a prisoner of war, has been awarded a Purple Heart.

Retired Army Maj. Jesse Baltazar of Falls Church was awarded the Purple Heart in a ceremony Tuesday in Arlington. He received it for being wounded when Japanese planes bombed his camp in the Philippines in 1942. Baltazar then survived a surgery in the jungle and later escaped the Bataan Death March during World War II.

Baltazar’s medal wasn’t awarded sooner because his WWII service records had been lost.

Baltazar tells WJLA-TV (http://bit.ly/1BCy2yZ ) that he’s grateful to finally get the Purple Heart and that his whole family got to witness it.

He says now they’ll get to pass it on to the next generation.


Information from: WJLA-TV, http://www.wjla.com



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