Purple Heart

Military Organization Helps Vet After Devastating House FireCombat veterans in our state have access to a program unlike any other in the nation. The Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund is a group WCCO has been reporting on over the past few weeks.
91-Year-Old Triathlete Offers Tips To Young CompetitorsAmerica's oldest triathlete advised the nation's youngest triathletes at Lake Elmo Saturday. Bob Powers of St. Paul is 91-years-old. He's been competing in triathlons for decades. A few weeks ago, he won his age group at the national triathlon championship in Milwaukee.
Minnesota Family Reunited With Long-Lost Purple HeartIt was an amazing scene at Fort Snelling on Sunday. A Minnesota family is finally reunited with a long-lost purple heart. Wiljo Matalamaki, 22 years old at the time, was killed in action during World War II. The U.S. Army awarded him the Purple Heart after his death and gave it to his mother.
Found In A Dump, Lost Purple Heart Medal Heading To FamilyThe family of Wiljo Matalamaki clung to his Purple Heart, a tribute to a young man sent to World War II who never returned, whose body was never found. Then the medal, too, was lost.
Hundreds Turn Out To Honor Wisconsin Marine Killed In Tennessee ShootingA small Wisconsin town has the attention of the nation Saturday. Sgt. Carson Holmquist died in the shooting rampage at the Chattanooga recruitment center last week.
Minnesota Soldier Killed At Fort Hood Awarded Purple HeartA Minnesota solider who died in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting has been posthumously awarded with a Purple Heart. Private First Class Kham Xiong of North St. Paul was among 13 people killed at the Texas military base in November 2009. The 23-year-old was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.
Man Honored With Purple Heart 48 Years After SacrificeForty eight years after making the ultimate sacrifice, a Minnesota soldier was honored Sunday for his incredible bravery during war. Specialist Stephen Noggle used his body to shield two fellow medics during an attack in Vietnam.
Donor Gives Purple Heart To 'Slender Man' Stabbing VictimThe Waukesha girl who was stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two classmates who thought her death would please a fictional online character, has received a special gift. The 12-year-old girl is out of the hospital and has been recovering at home.
Stolen Purple Heart Medal Returned To Grateful FamilyBoxes of junk can often reveal a piece of hidden treasure, but when that treasure turns out to be a war medal for a soldier killed in action, the discovery creates a whole new challenge. That's what an Otsego family recently faced when they turned over a Purple Heart awarded posthumously more than 63 years ago.
Local Veteran Receives Purple Heart After 44-Year DelayA Golden Valley veteran just received a military honor after a decades-long delay. Fred Jenness was a Navy Seabee who was wounded in Vietnam in 1969. On Monday afternoon, he finally received a Purple Heart medal. The award was delayed for decades because his mission was classified, which made access to records difficult. Senator Amy Klobuchar, whose office helped Jenness get the medal, spoke at his ceremony.
Wounded Veteran To Get $10K Grant From Minn. FundA Purple Heart recipient from Prior Lake will get the 15,000th grant awarded by the Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund. The nonprofit on Friday will honor Spc. Kristopher Francisco with a grant for $10,000 for his service and sacrifices.
Klobuchar Outlines Senior Fraud Protection EffortU S Senator Amy Klobuchar joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News Thursday to discuss a number of issues.