COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – It took several decades but an American hero in Commerce City has finally been recognized.
Army Sgt. Alfred Hurtado served in Europe during World War II. In 1943 he was severely injured and placed with wounded German prisoners by accident. His fellow soldiers thought he had died.READ MORE: Denver West High School Reunites After 10 Years
On Saturday the chairman of the Forgotten Heroes campaign presented Hurtado with three Purple Hearts, a Combat Infantryman Badge, and nine other medals.READ MORE: Larimer County Crews To Search For Diana Brown Missing Since Deadly Flash Flooding
“I thank each and every one of you, and I appreciate all these little kids, that’s what I fought for,” Hurtado said to the gathering.MORE NEWS: Mountain Weather Turns Stormy Sunday, Some Could Get First Snow Early Next Week
Hurtado completed four combat jumps between 1943 and 1944. He also just celebrated his 90th birthday.