Racism Prevented Him From Being Honored With A Purple Heart And Now At 99-Years-Old It Has Finally Been Awarded To Him

Then, he worked in the New York City Public Schools teaching high school. Following that, Ozzie went on to be part of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office as their Community Relations Specialist.

Close to 77 years have passed since Ozzie has served in the Battle of Normandy, and the Army finally made sure he was awarded the honor that had somehow eluded him in the past due to racism.

“He was hurt doing the job of an American Soldier,” Ozzie’s daughter Jacqueline Streeter explained.

“I do believe he was looked over because of that reason (race) and that’s what makes this that much better. We’re finally taking another look and considering the experience of all Soldiers.”

More than 150 people showed up to Ozzie’s Purple Heart ceremony. The Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. James C. McConville, was the one who presented Ozzie his long-overdue honor.

“He has spent his entire life giving to those around him, whether they were brothers in arms, families, or his community,” Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James C. McConville said.

“Today it’s Ozzie’s turn to receive, but we are not really giving him anything today. We’re delivering him something he’s been entitled to for almost 77 years: Purple Heart for wounds received.”

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