WWI veteran’s family presented with posthumous Purple Heart Medal

NEW CITY – Veterans Day is on November 11 and for the family of Francesco Bastone, it will be an even more special one.

Bastone’s family was presented with a posthumous Purple Heart medal and certificate for the World War I veteran in Rep. Nita Lowey’s office.

Bastone was in the U.S. Army from 1918 to his Honorable Discharge in 1919. He was injured from a mustard gas attack in October 1918 which left him hospitalized for five months. His injuries from the gas attack are believed to have caused his the fibrosis and tuberculosis that led to his death on June 6, 1946.

“When you hear the word service, that’s what borught it to me,” said Frank Bastone, Francesco’s eldest grandchild. “It was real service on his part. He suffered for the country and it shortened his life in the end.”