Local WWII veteran’s grandchildren presented with Purple Heart

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FRANKLIN, Ind.– The grandchildren of a World War II veteran received his Purple Heart award, along with other awards.

Army Private Elmer D. Wall,  a member of the 3rd Armored Division, was killed in Normandy on August 9, 1944.

His son, Marvin Wall, moved to Franklin to worked at Arvin Industries. He married and raised a family of four children– George, Dennis, Judy and Patty. George and Dennis still live in the Franklin area. Judy moved back to Kentucky and her sister Patty now lives in Florida.

Retired Staff Sergeant Glen Phillips Jr. was asked to help the family in getting a grave marker for Private Wall from the VA.

During the discussions with the family, it was discovered that Private Wall’s family had never received his Purple Heart or other awards. Phillips contacted the Army and was successful in getting not only Wall’s Purple Heart, but other awards he earned as well.

Friday night, those awards were presented to Wall’s grandchildren at the American Legion Post 205 in Franklin during their annual Veterans Day dinner.