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.