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Utah Man Gets Purple Heart 42 Years Late

Tuesday, 08 Dec 2009 01:06 PM

 

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Vietnam veteran has received a Purple Heart, more than four decades late.

Allen Malo was wounded in November 1967 after his fuel truck hit a land mine. The resident of Farmington, Utah, didn't think much about not getting a Purple Heart. But his son, Jeff Malo, a longtime member of the Utah National Guard, wanted the oversight rectified.

On Monday, Allen Malo received the medal at the Utah State Capitol rotunda. He says he's proud of the honor, but also of his son and family for pursuing it on his behalf.

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