Vietnam vet posthumously receives Purple Heart 45 years later

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A Minnesota soldier who quietly carried shrapnel in his body for years after he was injured in a rocket and mortar attack in the Vietnam War posthumously received the Purple Heart on Sunday.

Stephen Dufeck never got the medal due to paperwork errors, and he modestly was reluctant to raise a fuss about it, the Star Tribune reported.

"He would shy away from all of this," Jason Dufeck, Stephen's son said, KARE 11 reported.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar presented the medal to Dufeck’s youngest son, Jason, who held his 3-week-old son, Stephen, named for the veteran who was raised in Stacy, Minn., and died at age 64 of cancer in December, the Star Tribune reported.

“It’s an award that’s long overdue for a man who gave so much and steadfastly refused to seek recognition for it,” Klobuchar said at a service on the State Capitol grounds, WCCO reported:

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