Yogi Berra’s granddaughter Lindsay Berra joined Danielle McCartan on WFAN on Sunday, and she came asking for an assist.
Lindsay has been trying to get her late grandfather his Purple Heart from his service in World War II, when his boat, the USS Bayfield, reached Utah Beach in France just after D-Day.
“I’m gonna keep ringing this bell until someone actually helps me,” Lindsay said. “My grandfather was nominated for the Purple Heart. He took a piece of shrapnel or a bullet in his hand during the invasion of northern France just after D-Day. He declined to fill out the paperwork because he didn’t want his mother to get the telegram at home and worry that he had been wounded.”
Lindsay said the refusal to fill out the paperwork was right in line with who Yogi was, but it was also made it difficult to nail down proof that Yogi earned a Purple Heart.
“He’s very humble. He doesn’t need an award, he has the scar to prove it,” Lindsay said. “So he never actually got his purple heart, never actually got the medal. We’ve been trying to get that medal for a while now. We were told his medical records were burned in a fire in the national archives in St. Louis in the 70s…I spoke to a nice gentleman at the national archives in Maryland who told me that was not the case because the Navy archives were actually stored in a different building…they keep sending me in circles.”
Lindsay hasn’t given up her quest to get that Purple Heart, as she’s even been advised to use social media to try and find a witness to Yogi’s injury during the invasion. That of course would be a difficult task, but Lindsay continues to work at making it happen so she can add it to the Yogi Berra Museum.
“I want to get grandpa’s Purple Heart,” Lindsay said. “If anybody knows where his medical records are, please call me.”
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