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Vietnam War Veteran Earns Belated Purple Heart

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A 65-year-old Vietnam War veteran from St. Louis County has belatedly received a Purple Heart medal more than 44 years after he was wounded overseas.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office says it helped secure the award for Walter Sitzwohl after his wife contacted the senator’s office over the summer. McCaskill, is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sitzwohl was first assigned to the A Company, 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion and deployed to Vietnam with that unit. He later transferred to D Company, 101st AHB in March 1969, based out of Phu Bai.

He was shot on April 10, 1969, while on patrol following enemy contact the previous night.

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