27 Feb '17, 10pm

‘People’s Court’ Judge and World War II veteran Joseph Wapner dies at 97 https://t.co/WExuDQljpK

Joseph Wapner, the original TV courtroom judge who presided over “The People’s Court,” died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News . He was 97. Born on Nov. 19, 1919, in Los Angeles, Wapner always called Southern California home. He attended Hollywood High School and the University of Southern California, where he graduated in 1941. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II, Wapner joined the U.S. Army, where he saw combat in the Pacific, according to the Washington Post. While on the Philippine island of Cebu, Wapner was wounded by shrapnel from a grenade, but still managed to save a fellow soldier from machine gunfire. He reached the rank of first lieutenant in the Army and was awarded three battle stars, the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, according to the Daily News. After World War II, Wapner returne...

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