FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2010
AFTER 66 YEARS, SCHUMER SECURES LONG OVERDUE PURPLE HEART FOR WORLD WAR II VET, AND PILLAR OF ROCHESTER COMMUNITY, IRVING MANN
Irving Mann Fought Under Patton And Was Injured During Clash at Saar River in 1944 - Was Denied Purple Heart After Injury Was Misreported
For More Than A Decade, Mr. Mann Sought Purple Heart that Was Due to Him - Schumer Finally Cut Through Red Tape
Schumer: Irving Mann Is A Great Man from Our Greatest Generation; He is a Hero who Deserves this Long Overdue Honor
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he has secured a long overdue Purple Heart for Irving Mann, a Rochester resident and World War II veteran. Mr. Mann was injured in December of 1944 when his unit was attacked at the Saar River, yet he was denied his Purple Heart due to the fact that the injury was misreported and misclassified. For more than a decade Mr. Mann has been working to secure the Purple Heart that was owed to him, and Schumer was finally able to cut through the red tape and get him the recognition he deserved.
“Irving Mann is an American hero who, for over 60 years, has been denied his rightful honor due to an error in paperwork – an injustice that is finally corrected,” Schumer said. “When Mr. Mann came to my office all he wanted to do was correct the record so his children and grandchildren could know the true story of his service, and now his grandchildren will be able to tell their children about their heroic great grandfather and the sacrifices he made for his country.”
Irving Mann joined the United States Army in 1943 and went through basic infantry training at Camp VanDoren in Mississippi where he was assigned to the 63rd infantry division, which was eventually sent to England in preparation for the invasion of Normandy. His company was ordered to cross the Saar River when it encountered the enemy and a battle ensued. Mr. Mann was wounded and removed from the battlefield. In the confusion, the paperwork misreported his injury, but later examination revealed that the only possible explanation was enemy shrapnel.
As time passed, Mr. Mann wanted to correct the mistake on his service record so his children and grandchildren could know the true story of his service. In 2003, he called Schumer’s office seeking assistance in getting his Purple Heart. For years, Schumer’s office pressed the Army Awards and Decorations Branch to correct the record and award Mr. Mann his Purple Heart. Finally, after years of prodding the Army has agreed to correct the error and award Irving Mann his Purple Heart.
Beyond being a decorated World War II Veteran, Irving Mann has been a pillar of the Rochester community for quite some time. For years, he owned and operated Mann’s Jewelers which began with his relatives in Russia in 1836. After returning from the war Mann started up his jewelry business in Rochester which soon became a central part of the city’s downtown shopping district. Today, Mann’s Jewelers is still open and is run by Irving Mann’s children, Nancy and Robert.