|Published:||Apr 03, 2013 6:41 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 03, 2013 6:50 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A World War II Navy veteran living in Cape Coral finally received the Purple Heart, more than seventy years after he was wounded in combat.
Congressman Trey Radel presented the medal to Roy Kratt, 88 in a small ceremony at Kratt's home.
"I had goose bumps all over. I could hardly sleep last night because I knew he'd be getting it today," Kratt's wife Margaret said.
Kratt's family has been working since 2006 to get Kratt's award. When they were finally able to locate a missing medical record showing Kratt was wounded by shrapnel in 1942, they kept it a secret, so they could surprise Kratt Wednesday.
Kratt spent several days stranded at sea when the U.S.S. Meredith was attacked by 38 bombers and torpedo planes.
"He walked right off of the destroyer into the water where he stayed for three days on a raft with a net bottom and all the sharks were around and some of the men went down to the bottom thinking they would be saved that way, but they never came back up," Margaret Kratt said.
Even after he was hurt, Kratt stayed in the service. He retired from The Navy in the seventies, and even named his daughter Meredith after the ship he was on.
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