Vietnam veteran Paul Phillips has waited nearly five decades to receive his Purple Heart.
Friday, he finally received that honor.
“It's an absolute privilege today to recognize a gentleman that has probably went long enough without being recognized for his service,” said Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin.
Paul was Builder Chief in the U.S. Navy and has been waiting for close to 47 years for this.
“In December of 1966 in Vietnam, I was wounded in a USO building, Phillips recalled. “We were remodeling and they blew it up.”
Paul received burns to 29 percent of his body and spent a year and a half in the hospital and as soon as he was healed, he was sent back to Vietnam in January of 1968.
Paul served a total of four tours in Vietnam and still had not received his Purple Heart.
“Normally, I would have gotten it as soon as I got wounded in Vietnam. Normally, they give it to you in the hospital,” Phillips said.
But since that did not happen, Mullin says that he was honored to present it to him.
“To present a gentleman that has sacrificed so much with a Purple Heart that's well over do, it was quite an honor.”
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