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This week in history: Bellefonte man receives Purple Heart

Sgt. David Emery Jr. cradles his daughter Carlee at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The Bellefonte man was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded by the blast from a suicide bomber while serving in Iraq.
Sgt. David Emery Jr. cradles his daughter Carlee at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The Bellefonte man was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded by the blast from a suicide bomber while serving in Iraq. Tribune News Service, file

The following is a look back in the Centre Daily Times archives for the week of May 21- 27

50 years ago

During a meeting of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors, John S. Kelly — director of the Division of Peaceful Nuclear Explosives at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission — reported that there was a plan under consideration to use a nuclear explosion to create vast underground storage facilities for natural gas in a remote section of Centre County.

25 years ago

Penn State athletic director Jim Tarman announced that the Nittany Lions would be invited to play in the Blockbuster Bowl on New Year’s Day. Tarman called it the earliest bowl bid in history.

10 years ago

Marine Sgt. David Emery, of Bellefonte, was awarded a Purple Heart by President George W. Bush. Emery had both of his legs amputated after being wounded by the blast from a suicide bomber while serving in Iraq.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

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