Family fights for Purple Heart for slain Hudson Valley soldier

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There is new hope for the family of a Hudson Valley soldier who is fighting to get their loved one a Purple Heart.

Chester native Lt. Louis Allen was killed by a mine explosion in Iraq in 2005 along with Capt. Philip Esposito, of Rockland County.

Allen's family says someone high up in the government requested Allen be awarded a Purple Heart.

Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez stood trial for both deaths, but was acquitted.

Allen's family says they will keep fighting for the honor they feel he deserves. "It would mean Louis’ legacy is given back. It would mean the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, which is in this county, would have his name and picture, and he wouldn't be erased in history anymore. He would be revived in history, and he would have his rightful place and generations to come would see him," says his widow Barbara Allen.

Lt. Allen left behind four young sons.

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