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NH Veteran presented long overdue purple heart

Orford, New Hampshire - November 11, 2011

It was a special Veterans Day for a Vietnam Veteran from Orford, New Hampshire.

Senator Kelly Ayotte presented John O'Brien his second Purple Heart during a ceremony in southern New Hampshire.  

O'Brien was injured on the battle field in November 1969. He quickly returned to his unit with the U.S. Army. On Christmas Eve that year he was wounded again. The Army mailed O'Brien a Purple Heart for his first injury, but he never received one for his second injury.  That changed Friday, more than 40 years after he was wounded.

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