When Harry Beeman began his quest earlier this year for a Purple Heart, the World War II vet had visions of a 90th birthday party where he would be pinned with the medal. That is not to be. The former gunner’s mate 1st class, who served aboard the USS Ellet in the Pacific from 1941-1945, received word just weeks before his Aug. 23 birthday that crushed any hope of receiving a Purple Heart.

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