The Ottumwa Courier


0702 OTT vet gets purple heart color foto -T

Jim Bailey was a 21-year-old master sergeant in the U.S. Army when he was struck by a mortar in the Korean War. For this injury, he received the Purple Heart. But the fire that ravaged his family's home outside Floris on July 4, 1955, also destroyed his war medals. Monday night, Bailey was again awarded the Purple Heart, along with nine other medals he earned during the war.

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