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Published May 30, 2011, 06:12 PM

Purple Heart Awarded 70 Years After WWII Death

70 years after Minnesota WWII vet and Clearbrook native Ernest Rydeen died in a Japanese prison camp, he posthumously received the purple heart among other medals.

70 years after Minnesota WWII vet Ernest Rydeen died in a Japanese prison camp, he posthumously received the purple heart among other medals.

The process of awarding the medals actually started only six years ago when a great niece Claire Rydeen did a history project in involving her late uncle Ernest. After recognizing that he did not receive any medals after his death in a WWII prison camp, she notified representatives of Congressman Collin Peterson. Six years later the day and the medal finally came. Four surviving siblings of Ernest Rydeen's attended the Memorial Day service in Clearbrook where the medals were presented. They say they are glad to see their brother finally recognized for the great sacrifice he made so many years ago.

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