Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) today presented Columbia resident and World War II Veteran, Lieutenant Lawrence Bean, with the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge during a ceremony held in his honor at the Marion County Courthouse.
"Lt. Bean is part of the 'Greatest Generation', sacrificing more than we can imagine. He enlisted in the Army during WWII, received basic training right here at Camp Shelby in Mississippi, and rose through the ranks with strength and determination.
He went on to fight in the Battle for Luzon, where the United States proved victorious, but at the devastating cost of more than 10,000 dead soldiers and 35,000 wounded. It was during this both triumphant and tragic battle that Lt. Bean was injured by an enemy grenade.
I couldn't be more honored to present the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge to a soldier who has distinguished himself through his bravery and leadership. His commitment and sacrifice for our freedoms will never be forgotten.
I am proud that after all these years, Lt. Bean is finally receiving the recognition he earned."
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