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WWII soldier gets Purple Heart decades after battle

On a rainy afternoon on Aug. 22, Sidur was joined by fellow soldiers from the Army National Guard's 105th infantry, including John Goot, and Don Trudeau, a member of the 165th infantry who was awarded a Purple Heart. The weather didn't seem to bother the three men as they traded war stories.

While Goot said with three different people giving their account, they may not all agree on what exactly happened, but Sidur said he was learning so much from just talking things out with the other two.

On Aug. 15, Sidur was awarded the Purple Heart, for an injury sustained during fighting in Okinawa, Japan, that resulted in a bullet lodged in his right hand on April 21, 1945.

That was not the first time he had been injured during battle, though.

During the Banzai Charge in Saipan, Sidur was shot in the same hand, as well as along his entire arm. There was no medical record of his treatment by a corpsman with the 2nd Marine Division, which was the reason he did not receive a Purple Heart for that injury.

Sidur and Goot were riflemen in the infantry, while Trudeau was a part of the anti-tank company where he fired motors to take out tanks and armored cars.

When the battle had turned sour for the Japanese, Emperor Hirohito promised soldiers, as well as the civilians in Saipan, eternal rewards in the afterlife if they were able to kill at least seven American soldiers before they died, according to Greene.

The two infantries were alerted of the charge by a Japanese scout the night before. When the next day came, a large gap stood between the 105th and the 165th, a gap the Marines were supposed to close, as well as one the Japanese soldiers took advantage of around 5 a.m.

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