Leo Bach, a 24-year-old first lieutenant in the Army Air Forces when he bailed out of his B-17 in April 1944, finally received his Purple Heart at Travis AFB, Calif., on March 21 during a formal ceremony. Bach had received injuries to his right leg and back after bailing out following an attack by German fighters. He evaded capture for three days before being sent off to Stalag Luft One. Long after the war was over, Bach tried to pursue the Purple Heart but initially was stymied due to a lack of medical records from his POW experience.
Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill announced Dec. 2 that they have reached a deal to extend the continuing resolution funding the government into February. Now, the House and Senate will have to scramble to pass the legislation by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 3 to avoid a temporary shutdown.