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Son Receives Father's Purple Heart In Emotional Ceremony In Raleigh

Posted August 13, 2003 11:42 a.m. EDT

— Honors came Wednesday for a World War I veteran with a famous name.

Jesse James Jr. received the Purple Heart for his father in Raleigh.

Jesse James Sr. served as a sergeant of the Army's 30th infantry division. He was hurt in battle in 1918.

He died 14 years later as a result of the lingering effects of the injury.

James' son became overwhelmed with emotion as he received the medal.

The Purple Heart is awarded to servicemen and women injured or killed in battle.

James Jr. is a recipient himself. He was hurt in a battle during World War II.