Canandaigua VA Medical Center
Veteran Awarded Purple Heart
On August 14, Vince Vinciquerra, U.S. Army Veteran and Canandaigua VAMC Gladwin Hall Community Living Center resident received his Purple Heart Medal. The Korean War Veteran waited 64 years for this moment.
"He deserved it and I wanted to see him receive it," said his niece JoAnn Vinciquerra, who worked diligently to honor her uncle.
It was very emotional for Mr. Vinciquerra, now 86-years-old, and his family to watch him receive the Purple Heart and put it on, as he accepted the award and acknowledged two friends who did not make it back.
Chaplain Levi Gangi presented the award.
"This is to certify that the President of the United States of America has awarded the Purple Heart. Corporal Vinciquerra's sacrifice, exemplary performance and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the 8th infantry division, the United States Army and the United States of America," said Chaplain Gangi.
"Kind of glad I finally did get this," said Vinciquerra. "The chaplain, when they brought me in the hospital, says he counted 22 holes in me and I should get 22 Purple Hearts. It just so happened I didn’t get one."
"I say they can bury me with it and go another 64 years with it on me," said Vinciquerra. "That sounds pretty good."