By Ashley Rowland
Warren Beavers has two faded blue tattoos on his arms and bits of shrapnel embedded in his hand and shoulder to remind him of his days as a young Marine.
What he didn’t have until this week was a Purple Heart honoring him for those wounds, which he got in one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific during World War II.
The retired Church of God minister got his medal Tuesday, 62 years after he was shot when the Allies invaded the island of Tulagi. He got patch-up treatment at a sick bay before going back into battle. Had he left the fight and gone to a hospital, his injuries probably would have been documented, and he would have gotten a Purple Heart decades ago.
“I was surprised, really surprised (to get it). I had forgotten about it,” said Mr. Beavers, 83.
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