Lodi WW II vet gets a purple heart in 2014

Pvt. Warren Wittwer, a World War II Lodi veteran injured in action on Jan. 21, 1945 in Belgium, was awarded a Purple Heart 70 years later, after his service record was researched by his daughter, Donna Wittwer Kaufman. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Tony Tycznski of the Sauk County Veterans Service helped her apply for the honor. Wittwer, a native of West Point, enlisted as a light mortar crewman and was injured in the Battle of the Bulge, in which he served with the 106th Infantry as a three-week replacement. He recuperated at an English hospital with frozen feet and shrapnel wounds. He was later transported to a hospital in Carson, Colo. and discharged with a disability pension after eight months. For the rest of his life, he had to wear special boots because one leg was longer than the other. After the war, Wittwer ran the Midway Oil Gas Station. He died of cancer at age 87 on Sept. 12, 2011. His daughter discovered that the paperwork for a purple heart had never been filled out. The army granted the award on June 25, 2014.

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