- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

HOLT, Mich. (AP) - A man being honored at a Lansing-area parade is an 84-year-old veteran who waited decades to get his Purple Heart and other service medals.

Robert Flory of Holt is among several Korean War veterans selected as grand marshals in Saturday’s Grand Ledge Memorial Day Parade. His Purple Heart medal disappeared when he was in a hospital bed in Japan recovering from war wounds, the Lansing State Journal reported (https://on.lsj.com/1TLuum9 ).

He didn’t think the missing medal was a big deal, but his wife of 53 years, Barb, insisted that it should be a family keepsake.

“I’ve always thought he should write and try to get them, but he never cared anything about it,” she said.

One of the Florys’ daughters, Wendy, took up the cause in recent years. They sent a request for a duplicate Purple Heart in August.

“After I was wounded, I was treated in Korea and then was transferred to a military hospital in Japan,” the letter read. “During the time I was in the hospital in Japan, I was presented with a Purple Heart and the medal was left on my bedside table.

“I was heavily medicated and when I was moved to the U.S. the medal was missing.”

Earlier this year, Flory received a package with a Purple Heart as well as a Bronze Star and other medals he didn’t know he should have received, including a National Defense Service Medal. His wife plans to have all of the medals put in a frame.

“I don’t know. It didn’t mean that much,” Flory said. “I mean, I got all of the feelings, I got hurt and I got over it. It wasn’t all that important.

“But it was important to her, and I told her it was OK.”


Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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