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Delaware Veteran of Korean War Receives Purple Heart

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Sixty-three years after receiving injuries, William Brady received the purple heart. (Photo: WBOC) Sixty-three years after receiving injuries, William Brady received the purple heart. (Photo: WBOC)

GEORGETOWN, Del. - It's a story 63 years in the making. A Delaware veteran was honored on Monday, and was given the Purple Heart, more than six decades after he was injured during the Korean War. 

Ninety-year old William Brady received the medal, in honor of injuries he sustained in 1952, while fighting overseas. 

"It makes me feel like it was probably worth it to be there," he said. 

Brady was surrounded by 30 family members from across the country at Monday's ceremony, which took place at the Brick Hotel in Georgetown. His daughter Jane Brady, fought for this medal being given to him. 

"He's talked a lot about his experiences in the war," she said. "And none of his memories of Korea are very good. And so to have recognition of what he gave there is really special to him." 

Brady first started his service as a member of the U.S. Navy, from May 1943 to March 1946, as part of an amphibious force on the English Channel that worked in preparation for the invasion of Normandy. He was then honorably discharged from the Navy, and returned home, where he studied at the University of Delaware. 

In April of 1952, just days after the birth of his son, Brady was deployed by the U.S. Army to Korea. On Oct. 21, 1952, Brady's platoon was attacked by friendly fire. At the time of the attack, Brady was positioned near the top of a hill.  While at that location, he was spotted and fired upon.  As Brady began to retreat down the hill, a mortar landed near enough to him to blow him off his feet.  He then flew the remaining distance downhill where he landed on his back.

Brady did not feel that he could move but, being surrounded by falling mortars and knowing that he would surely die if he didn’t, he crawled 30 yards to take cover under a jeep. When the bombing stopped, fellow soldiers pulled him out, loaded him into a weapons carrier, and drove him to the 8076th MASH Unit where he learned that he had a broken coccyx. It was a year before he was able to walk well again.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, who had an uncle that served in Korea, said that the medal was finally "catching up" to the person. 

"Thank you for your service," Carper told Brady. "Thank you for your willingness to go to the other side of the world to help people you never knew. Thank you for your willingness to risk your life." 

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