Courtesy Of Fox13 Cordova, Tenn:
Vietnam Veteran Don Williams, was awarded a Bronze Star with V device, and a Purple Heart for his actions on 11 April 1966. Don was shot six times while under heavy fire, but refused to stop bandaging ad trying to save the lives of his fellow Soldiers.
“What happened to us, they killed all the medics,” he said. “I ran out of bandages. They hit me in my foot, they hit me in my hip twice. I was crawling and doing what I could do to patch guys up. They hit me (in the ankle). (The) bullet is still in. Finally I felt something like a broom handle being pushed into my back. There are two bullets lodged in my spine (like a wedge).” Don said.
Thirty-two years after being injured in the Vietnam War, in 1998 he put the two medals in a storage unit in Memphis. Soon after his mother passed away and he slipped into depression.”I became homeless, and I thought I could sustain the rentals,” Williams said. “I did for a while, but it became burdensome when you have limited income.
“Ultimately Williams got help from the VA Hospital and got off the streets and back with his family. He never thought he would see his Purple Heart or his Bronze Star again.He will soon be reunited with his two combat medals.”I am sitting here trying not to tear up,” Williams said. “But those medals are who I am. They are my history.
The amazing thing, Williams says he would do it all again for his country if he had to.”Like I keep telling my kids, I left flesh and blood over there and I came back with some medals,” he said. “Some metal in here. But I am getting my babies back. Life is good.”
Here is the video courtesy of FOX13:
A true American Hero, I am glad the auctioneer and the Mayor saw that these medals meant something to someone and ensured they got back to the rightful owner. Thanks go out to the Mayor and the auctioneer.
And a salute to you Mr. Williams for your service and sacrifice for this country!
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