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CELINA, Ohio (AP) - A western Ohio man who survived being shot in the head during the Vietnam War finally got his Purple Heart.

Maurice Miller, a farmer in Preble County, north of Dayton, was recently awarded the medal after son-in-law West Foster heard his story and pursued the issue with his congressman and the Army.

Miller had never told anyone about he survived being shot as he held off enemy fire during a battle on the Mekong Delta. He brought up his survival story in a conversation last year with Foster, who asked if he could pursue the issue.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Foster, also an Army veteran, wrote to their congressman, U.S. Rep. John Boehner, and the Army.

Miller was presented with the Purple Heart Jan. 31.

 

Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com/

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