Purple Heart Awarded

November 04, 1990

WESTMINTER - A 45-year wait finally came to an end Wednesday for Viola Rapisarda.

The Westminster resident, widow of World War II serviceman Samuel Ambrister, received the Purple Heart medal for wounds her husband suffered in Germany in 1945.

The medal was presented to Rapisarda by U.S. Representative Beverly B.

Byron, D-District 6, during a ceremony at City Hall.

For years Rapisarda has tried secure the award earned by her husband, who died of leukemia in 1951. At one point, she said, a low-level Army staffer told her over the phone the best place to get a Purple Heart would be a yard sale.

"This is something that should've been done a long time ago," Byron said as she presented the award to Rapisarda. "And it didn't come from a yard sale."

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