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Veteran receives Purple Heart


(left) Congressman Earl Blumenauer pins a long overdue Purple Heart medal on Harold J. Arendt for wounds sustained during the Korean War, while General Douglas Pritt of the Oregon Army National Guard looks on.
Fifty-four years after being wounded in August 1951 during the Korean War, 81-year old East Portland resident Harold J. Arendt received his Purple Heart Medal during a small ceremony last month at Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Con-gressional office in the Lloyd district. On hand were members of Arendt’s family, including two brothers whom also served in the military.

Arendt was a combat photographer wounded by enemy artillery fire in 1951, but due to lost paperwork, never received his decoration, until Blumenauer’s office re-cently intervened on his constituent’s behalf.

“I’m pleased and proud to help recognize the sacrifices that Mr. Arendt made for our nation,” Blumenauer said.

Following his discharge from the Army in 1953, Arendt earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Oregon, studying History and Library Science. Arendt was head of the History and English Department at Benson High School for thirty years until his retirement in 1986. He and his wife Ella live in the Hazelwood neighborhood in Mid-County.

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