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Co-founder of National Purple Heart Hall of Honor dies

December 29, 2018

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — A World War II veteran who helped found the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New York’s Hudson Valley has died.

State Sen. William Larkin says Joseph Farina died Thursday at his home in the town of New Windsor. Farina was 97.

Larkin, a Republican from New Windsor, joined Farina to form a four-member group that spearheaded the establishment of a museum honoring U.S. military members awarded the Purple Heart.

The Hall of Honor was dedicated in November 2006. The museum is next to the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site in Orange County.

Farina was born in nearby Newburg and graduated from local schools. He joined the New York National Guard in 1939 and served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

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