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Greenville Vietnam Vet Honored With Purple Heart

A Vietnam Veteran from eastern Carolina was honored with the Purple Heart award, 42 years after he was wounded.

Gary Mortellito received a Purple Heart from Congressman Walter Jones Tuesday night in Greenville.

Mortellito was shot in the hip while serving in Vietnam in 1967. A mistake on the medical report prolonged his rightful acknowledgment from the military until now. The recognition is something he says took a long time coming, but he's glad it's here.

Many Vietnam veterans in Greenville say Mortelitto couldn't be a more deserving individual.


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