College Park to Recognize a Purple Heart Hero of its Own

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Next Tuesday, August 8, during the Mayor and Council Regular meeting, College Park resident John Pedevillano will be honored by the City’s Mayor and Council. Check out the amazing story about Mr. Pedevillano and his valor.

Recently, John Pedevillano, 94, of College Park, Maryland, received the Purple Heart for his service during World War II. Second Lt. Pedevillano’s bomber was shot down over Nazi Germany in April 1944. Sustaining injuries from the crash, he was held captive at Stalag Luft III — a prisoner of war camp in what is now Zagan, Poland — until Allied forces liberated him in 1945.

After returning home, Pedevillano’s modesty prevented him from seeking recognition for his service. It wasn’t until 2016, when his daughter tracked down his long-lost military records, that the scope of his service came to light.
His daughter worked with Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and other officials to get her father the recognition that led to the Purple Heart ceremony.

We invite the community and all those who are interested to attend the Mayor and Council Meeting at City Hall (4500 Knox Rd) or to stream it online at www.collegeparkmd.gov/councilvideo.

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