94 year old Mary Usckavizy waited 75 years to clutch her brother's coveted Purple Heart. Army Pvt. William A. Myack stormed Utah Beach on D-Day, fighting his way through France and into Germany with the Army's 4th Infantry Division. He received the Purple Heart, but had to sell it to a collector to support his family. William Myack passed away in 1984.
Mary received a new Purple Heart, inscribed with her brother's name, with the help of Congressman Matt Cartwright and his staff. She accepted it on her late brother's behalf Friday at Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scranton. Capt. Nicole Garza presented the medal at a 2:15 pm ceremony.
Mary is a patient of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, residing at Linwood. She is being cared for by Amy Guman, RN, and social worker, Missy Smith. Missy presented Mary with flowers during the ceremony.
Special thanks to Colleen Gerrity and Tammy Aita from Congressman Cartwright's Scranton Office for their help in coordinating the ceremony.
Below are links to television coverage of the event.