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Navy veteran Jim Shirk, 94, left, shares a moment with Army veteran Ron Merriman, 90, after Malibuite Mari Stanley presented Shirk with a Purple Heart to replace his original military decoration, which was lost in the Woolsey Fire. Submitted photo/Mari Stanley
Barbara Burke, Staff Reporter
4:46 pm PST November 11, 2020
For Jim Shirk, Veterans Day turned out to be more than a recognition of his service in the Navy during World War II.