Purple heart for Vietnam Vet after 44 years

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KSTP reports that a Minnesota veteran who served in Vietnam will finally get a purple heart Monday.

To receive the Purple Heart, a soldier must be injured in enemy action and receive documented treatment from a medical officer.

Fredrick Jenness was wounded in Vietnam 44 years ago, but never received recognition.

Jenness posts more details on his Facebook page.

In response to friends, family, and Navy Seabee Buddies questions....I guess it is official news now! The Senator's office called today to say that they have set a tentative date of Monday, December 23, 2013 for the Purple Heart Award Event for my being wounded in Ben Tre, Vietnam on December 19, 1969 while serving with MCB-3 Navy Seabee Team 0312 (only 44 years ago)!! Time and place to be announced!!! Thank you all for your concern on this over the past years! Fred(rick) Jenness.

Senator Amy Klobuchar will award Jenness with the purple heart at the Golden Valley City Hall at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

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