NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The family of a Bronx man who received the Purple Heart in World War II has received a replacement 70 years after his death.
Carmelo DiGregorio received the Purple Heart in 1943 after being severely wounded in the third battle of Guadalcanal.
His younger brother Ben said he did not have to return to war.
“He was a real sailor. I’ll tell you that who loved the Navy and did not want to stay home,” Ben told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond.