WWII veteran awarded Purple Heart 70 years after battle
By Amanda Jackson
February 2, 2016
(CNN)Ninety-year-old Frederick Stone, a former Navy petty officer from New York, received the Purple Heart on Sunday, more than 70 years after the World War II battle where he gave his heroic service.
A Purple Heart medal is awarded to those service members who were killed or injured while serving.
In 1945, Stone was injured in battle while aboard the destroyer USS Butler off the island of Okinawa, Japan.
Although he was injured, Stone helped his fellow serviceman who was seriously wounded get to safety. After helping, Stone returned to his post.
Stone still has shrapnel embedded in his back, according to CNN affiliate News 12 Long Island.
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