Monday, November 5, 2012

43 years later, old telegram yields medal

 By Dennis Punzel, Wisconsin State Journal
When Larry Stanczyk received a minor shrapnel injury in Vietnam in 1969, little did he suspect it would take him 43 years to heal completely.
Stanczyk, 64, will officially receive a Purple Heart in a Veterans Day ceremony Friday morning in the Capitol rotunda.
The ceremony will mark a day Stanczyk never thought he’d see. But it’s come to pass due in large part to his desire to leave something memorable for his granddaughter, combined with a dash of serendipity and a pinch of persistence.