- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

ST. MICHAEL, N.D. (AP) - An 85-year-old Korean War veteran from North Dakota who was held as a prisoner of war for over three years has received a Purple Heart.

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on Friday presented the medal to Cpl. Andrew Shaw, who’s an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe.

Shaw was stationed in Japan when his battalion was sent to help defend South Korea’s border after North Korea launched its invasion. After North Korea won the Battle of Chochiwon, Shaw and other men were taken prisoner and marched through mountains and snow, suffering from malnourishment and diseases.

Shaw was released in August 1953.

Heitkamp says the hardship Shaw endured “is unspeakable and his sacrifice immeasurable.” She says “it’s because of heroes like Cpl. Shaw that our nation remains free and safe.”

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