Fallen Omaha soldier's widow receives Purple Heart medal
Helen Minarik, center, waited nearly 70 years before getting the Purple Heart her first husband, Joe Alberico, earned in World War II. It was presented during a ceremony Monday at the Nebraska State Capitol. At left is Lt. Col. Lee Bokma, professor of military science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At right is Ben Steward of Omaha, a former Marine and a grandson of Minarik.
Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 12:00 am
LINCOLN — Nearly 70 years after Pvt. Joe Alberico was struck down by a Nazi bullet, a medal lost in the fog of World War II finally arrived.
In a solemn ceremony Monday at the State Capitol that drew tears from his now 89-year-old widow, a Purple Heart medal and a handful of other military commendations were delivered to his family.
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Monday, November 25, 2013 12:00 am.