Shouts of “Oorah” echoed Friday when a 98-year-old World War II Marine Corps veteran received a Purple Heart nearly 75 years after he was injured in combat.
The battle cry was for Anthony “Tony” Procassini, who served during the bloody Battle of Okinawa during World War II, according to the Detroit Free Press. The mortar crewman suffered a blast concussion on May 14, 1945, and spent weeks recovering.
Procassini was joined by more than 25 relatives at the Fort Dearborn, Michigan, American Legion post ceremony, MLive.com reported.
“I’m sorry that Dawn, my wife of 74 years, couldn’t be here to share this moment with us,” Procassini said of his wife, who died in 2018, according to MLive. “We know the process of 75 years was a long time, but it was worth the effort because it gave me the opportunity to share the results with my grandchildren.”