Finally, after 69 years, World War II veteran and lifelong resident, George Desiderio, received his Purple Heart from the U.S. State Department. Last week the city council chambers, U.S. Army Infantry Sgt. Desiderio was honored by the mayor and board of aldermen for his heroism in the ferocious battle to take Germany where he was in combat for three years and also spent a fourth year during the occupation. During the battle for Germany, Mr. Desiderio was wounded and spent six months in a hospital in England. The Purple Heart is the sixth war-time medal the local war hero has received and the State Department has informed Mr. Desiderio that two more medals will be awarded to him for his bravery in World War II. He has also served as the city’s Veterans’ Services Commissioner and since his departure from the military, he became a champion of veterans’ causes. He is show with his wife, Nancy, and family and friends.