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Late World War II paratrooper awarded medals

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed presents service medals of Edward J. Walsh Sr. to his widow, Hope, in Cranston on Friday, May 16, 2014. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed presents service medals of Edward J. Walsh Sr. to his widow, Hope, in Cranston on Friday, May 16, 2014.
CRANSTON, R.I. -

A paratrooper who took part in the D-Day invasion and was later shot in the head by a German sniper has been posthumously awarded medals for his service.

The widow of Edward Walsh Sr. was presented with the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and other medals on Friday. Hope Walsh received them from U.S. Sen. Jack Reed in a ceremony in the Rhode Island Democrat's Cranston office.

Walsh was a member of the 101st Airborne Division, known as the "Screaming Eagles." He parachuted into France in 1944 in the Normandy invasion. Later, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was shot in the head by a German sniper. He was left permanently paralyzed on his right side.

Walsh was born in Providence. He died in March at 89.

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