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90 years late: Ala. vet gets Purple Heart

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A World War I veteran who took a bullet in the leg fighting Germans in France is finally being honored for his sacrifice with a posthumous Purple Heart.

Hoyt Alexander Canady got a wound chevron, but never received a Purple Heart, which had lapsed at the time but revived in 1932 and made retroactively available.

Canady's son-in-law, Jack Clements, started working 10 years ago to recover records allowing the Purple Heart to go to Canady, who died in 1970 at the age of 75.

Clements, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, eventually found the records at a Veterans Administration hospital in Atlanta.

Canady's daughter, June Clements, said her father, an Army infantryman, was wounded while fighting at ChFateau-Thierry in France in 1918.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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