Associated Press - November 18, 2010 7:35 AM ET
WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP) - An 88-year-old federal judge in Vermont who was wounded while serving as a civilian ambulance driving during World War II has been awarded a purple heart.
U.S. District Court Judge Franklin Billings Jr., was given the award Wednesday at the American Legion post in Woodstock.
Billings is also a former chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court and former speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives.
Billings says he flunked his physical when he was drafted for World War II. But he wanted to be involved so he served as a volunteer ambulance driver in the American Field Services.
The Rutland Herald says Billings was wounded in Italy in May 1944 when his ambulance struck a land mine.
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