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Screen capture of the USS Laffey, taken in 1942. (Credit: history.navy.mil)

Veteran Gets Dying Wish To Walk Deck Of Old Ship

Korean War veteran Gerald Bowman gamely walked up the gangplank to board the ship he had not seen in almost six decades. The 82-year-old is suffering from congestive heart failure with only about a year to live and his dying wish was to walk the decks of the USS Laffey on which he served four years, including three tours off Korea.


File photo of a Purple Heart, displayed on a Christmas tree. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

N.C. Man To Be Reunited With Purple Heart From WWII

A North Carolina man who mailed his Purple Heart home from France almost 70 years ago is getting it back in a ceremony in Rutherfordton.

CBS Charlotte–01/20/2013