CANOGA PARK, Calif. (Tribune News Service) — A Canoga Park coffee shop served as a ceremonial hall Thursday for a Marine Corps veteranwho 72 years earlier earned a medal fighting a critical battle in World War II.
A surprised Samuel Leland Anderson, Jr., 91, received the Purple Heart in a touching ceremony at Henri’s Coffee Shop after his daily visit with friends over coffee.
At 9:14 a.m., as Anderson sat at a white table at the back of Henri’s, Marine Lt. Col. Aaron Doty read the medal citation and pinned it on Anderson’s black T-shirt.
“Today I have the honor of closing a loop that should have been closed long ago,” Doty said.
“Thank you. I couldn’t be more surprised. I never cared I didn’t get the Purple Heart, but now I got it and that’s fine,” said Anderson, who has lived in the …
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