Man Will Receive Purple Heart 66 Years After Being Injured

12/5/11 – Sixty-six years after he was injured during World War II, a Wisconsin soldier has finally received the recognition he is due. Jack Olson was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross medals last Friday in Wausau. The timing was important because Olson’s health is deteriorating and he is living in a hospice. His family says Olson didn’t accept the medals when he came home from the war because he didn’t want his mother to be upset that he had been hurt. The family had received word last week that the Air Force found enough documentation to award the two medals. Some of the records had been lost in a fire almost 40 years ago.