Korean War vet to get Purple Heart 6 decades later

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ It’s more than six decades overdue, but a Korean War veteran from Missouri is finally getting his Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge.

Sen. Claire McCaskill on Friday will host the ceremony at Soldiers’ Memorial in downtown St. Louis to honor Leo Hardin.

Hardin, who went on to become a minister, suffered second-degree frostbite in Korea, and had shrapnel wounds to his right leg. He was authorized for the Purple Heart medal and infantryman badge, but never got them.

McCaskill’s office submitted documentation that led to the Army issuing the awards.