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    City honors belated WWII Purple Heart recipient

    Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. recently extended the city’s appreciation to George Desiderio, an Everett resident who after decades of waiting was recently awarded a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in World War II. A former veterans’ services director for the city, Desiderio belatedly received his Purple Heart when he discovered a document verifying that he had been injured while serving in the war, and his granddaughter presented that document in a letter to the Army. DeMaria gave Desiderio a city citation honoring him for his service and his receipt of the Purple Heart.