Almost seventy years ago, a Rhode Island man gave his life in World War II. Finally, on Monday, he was honored for his service.
Cpl. Frank Aldrich originally from Central Falls, died during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. His son, also Frank Aldrich, was only five when his father died. Now, in his seventies, Aldrich never knew much about his father's time in the war. That was until he and a few friends got to talking and his friends volunteered to help Frank find out more about his father.
What they found was that Cpl. Frank Aldrich was eligible for the Purple Heart and five other medals. On Monday morning, the long-overdue medals were awarded to Aldrich. He says, the medals and the information he learned about his father will help to finally give him some closure.
He goes on, "It's something that I never thought of and never even dreamt of down the road, but this is great. Just to know that he was honored in a special way makes me even more proud of him."