October 20, 1943

Purple Heart for Naval Officer
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Lieutenant Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., the fourth son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the fifth of six children, has been wounded in combat, it was reported yesterday. The wound is not serious, a minor jagged cut near the base of his thumb. Lt. Roosevelt was told by the surgeon who stitched up the wound that he could receive the Purple Heart for the wound, to which the lieutenant replied it should require a wound much greater than his to receive that medal. Lt. Roosevelt is the executive officer on a warship that was in the Mediterranean Sea when the enemy action occurred. Senator Richard Russell, Jr., a Democrat from Georgia, provided the information to reporters during a luncheon at the White House. Senator Russell is the chairman of a special committee that recently had been inspecting battlefronts.

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