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Finally, a Purple Heart for a slain soldier

Original post made on Nov 12, 2013

It took 43 years and the insistence of family and friends, but finally a Vietnam War soldier was given a Purple Heart posthumously.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 11, 2013, 11:23 PM

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Thank you for this story, and thank you and great respect to all veterans, and remembrance of those who did not make it home.


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Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I just shed a tear over this story.


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Posted by Thoughts of an Angel
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm

This story touched my heart, as I had been thinking of veterans of various wars yesterday. The Vietnam vets did NOT come home to cheers or salutes or parades; the dead soldiers did not receive any signs of respect, even. It was a travesty the way the wounded were treated by the VA, the way the MIAs were treated by the US gov't, the way the returning vets were treated by society here at home.

It is also shameful that so many employers do not give Veteran's Day off-- my husband's included. They justify that they give Memorial Day off instead! Memorial Day used to be called Armistice Day in honor of the day the armistice ending WWI was signed. Veteran's Day honors ALL veterans-- this day should not be ignored, but respected!