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MN soldier honored with Purple Heart decades after his death

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A Minnesota man who died while trying to save fellow soldiers while under attack during the Vietnam War was honored with a Purple Heart – 48 years after his death.

Stephen Noggle's family was presented with a Purple Heart Sunday, WCCO reports.

According to the National Archives, Noggle (pictured at right) was born in Minneapolis in 1946. He was killed while in South Vietnam, on June 17, 1967 – not even six months into his tour.

MPR News says Noggle, a Specialist 4 Army medic with the 1st Infantry Division, rushed to aid a nearby platoon that came under attack that day. He began giving medical attention to a number of wounded soldiers as gunfire continued. He was fatally shot while doing so.

He was 20 years old at the time of his death.

The Together We Served website says the battalion was attacked around 12:30 p.m. by a Viet Cong regiment. The U.S. soldiers held off the attack, but with a high cost – Noggle was one of a reported 35 killed, with more than 150 wounded.

Sen. Al Franken presented Noggle's family with the award in New Hope, FOX 9 says. Stan Noggle accepted the medal for his brother.

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