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WWII Veteran Finally Honored After 70 Years

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To the sound of warm applause, Herman Chidekel was awarded a Purple Heart for his service during World War II. The 88-year old says this moment is for his fellow comrades.

"We were a very tight knit group. We did everything together. We lived and died together," Herman said.

70-years later Chidekel shares his World War II story as though it were yesterday. In 1944 he landed in Normandy, battled his way through northern and southern France and ultimately ended up in the Arden Forest in the Battle of the Bulge. His granddaughter, Hannah Chidekel is one of his five proud grandchildren. She says her grandfather inspired her even before this honor.

“He's incredibly humble and very human and down to hearth. He can appreciate other people for who they are," she explained.

Chidekel says this part of history could have easily been lost as were many of the military's records. But with the help of a local congressman, a priceless telegram informing his parents of his injury and an x-ray of shrapnel up and down one of his legs, it wasn't.

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