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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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 18, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    Gary, I would like to thank you and your family for your service. When I visit Washington, DC there always three sites I visit, THE WALL, THE KOREAN MONUMENT, and ARLINGTONS TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN. Freedom Is Not Free, Thanks again Gary.
  • by T Location: NC on Feb 18, 2009 at 01:06 PM
    HOOOAH!!! You are a true warrior!!
  • by Arlene Location: Manchester, NJ on Feb 18, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    My deepest thanks to all who made my brother's Purple Heart award a reality after all these years. I hope America appreciates all that these veterans have done for our country. Thanks to them, my children and grandchildren have not been sent to war and live in freedom.
  • by Delta Location: Greenville on Feb 18, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    Congrats to one soilder from another! We made it through worst brother and you made it again seeing this through and receiving the gratitude of a grateful nation for your dedication and service.
  • by SBK Location: NC on Feb 18, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    Congratulation to you. Thank you for your sacrifice and your service.
  • by GoPirates Location: GVegas on Feb 18, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    God bless you Gary and all of our American heroes out there fighting. May you all return home safely and recieve your purple hearts as well!!
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 18, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    Thank you for service to our country. That really means a lot for the American people. It is ashame that some people do not appreciate what god has given us, and that is one of the best militaries in the world. It seems as if that is the only thing good about the United States these days. May god bless you and your family.
  • by Gary Mortellito Location: Location on Feb 18, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    On behalf of myself and my fellow soldiers, from all armed forces past, present and future...I am so very humbled and so grateful for your kind comments and last night's presentation was so emotional, and I was so happy to receive the award not presently lying in a hospital bed, or worse..and having my own two hands receive the award in the presence of my fellow Americans. My sincerest thanks to Harry Kelly,my friend and service officer who helped me search back to correct the oversite. Also my sincerest thanks to Congressman Walter Jones and Jason Lawry for taking their time to present the Purple Heart to me on behalf of all of America. God Bless America. On behalf of my family and myself, I thank you. Gary Mortellito
  • by Denise Location: Juliano on Feb 18, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    42 yrs is a long time to wait,i just want to take a minute of silence and congradulate you and your wife Robyn and the little man jake GOD BLESS AMERICA
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Feb 18, 2009 at 03:40 AM
    Congradulations sir.
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