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I CARE Story - Purple Heart

Corporal Andrew Shaw receives his purple heart.

Corporal Andrew Shaw receives his purple heart.

Monday, December 7, 2015

To RESPECT and honor our Veterans. Harold Lindsay and Jim Cronin, Social Workers at the Fargo VA, listened to the story by Corporal Andrew Shaw.   Corporal Shaw was stationed in Japan when his battalion was sent to help defend South Korea’s border after North Korea launched its invasion of South Korea at the beginning of the Korean War.

After North Korea won the Battle of Chochiwon, Corporal Shaw and more than 200 other men were taken prisoner and marched through mountains and snow, suffering from malnourishment and diseases. Once in Seoul, Korea, Corporal Shaw was a Prisoner of War for 37 months and was finally released in August of 1953.

Corporal Andrew Shaw was never awarded a Purple Heart for his capture and wounds, however his battle buddy was. They both survived captivity including the Tiger March in Korea.

Harold Lindsay took a special interest in the story. He worked with Mr. Shaw to contact his Battle Buddy who was a resident in a nursing home in Texas.

They visited by phone and later, Harold arranged for a phone interview and typed up the statement of the events that lead to their capture and wounds in Korea.  Harold worked with a VBA representative and Mr. Shaw’s claim was reviewed. Senator Heitkamp’s office staff became involved as well.  In late 2014, Mr. Shaw received a letter informing him he would be awarded a Purple Heart.

On June 12, 2015 the Spirit Lake Tribal Leaders, military and congressional leaders, and community members honored Mr. Shaw. He was awarded his Purple Heart!

“Opportunities to help others surround us every day.”

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