Groveport Unveils Monument Dedicated To Purple Heart Recipients


UPDATED: Monday November 12, 2012 6:52 AM

Thirteen people who have received the Purple Heart attended a Veterans Day ceremony which unveiled a monument to them and fellow service members who have received the medal.

The event to reveal the stone monument took place at Motts Military Museum on South Hamilton Road on Sunday.

The military decoration goes to service members wounded while seriving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Joseph P. Kennedy attended Sunday's ceremony. He was 23 years old when his ship, the USS Ommaney Bay, was attacked by kamikaze aircraft during World War II. Kennedy said he was injured by bombs exploding on the escort carrier.

"We didn't know if we were going to get off the ship because it was on fire," Kennedy said. "We lost 97 men."

Now 91 years old, Kennedy said the memories of war never faded.

"I'll never erase that," Kennedy said.

His ship sank near the Philippines on Jan. 4, 1945.

Thomas Beck earned his Purple Heart while serving during the Korean War.

"We ran into an ambush. Our entire patrol got wounded, and couple of them didn't make it," Beck said.

He said he hoped the monument would remind future generations about the sacrifices made by others for this country.

"The wounds have healed, but the scars are still there," Beck said.

The memorial was paid for by $12,000 in private donations.

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