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Old 14 Aug 17, 18:53
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Vietnam War veteran receives medals after a 45-year wait

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Vietnam War veteran has finally received medals for his service after 45 years of waiting.

Francis McKenna was presented with the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award, the Vietnam Service Medal and a Vietnam Gallantry cross during a ceremony in Tarentum, about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, according to the Tribune-Review.

McKenna, 67, joined the Air Force in 1969. He said he was originally designated for stateside service but volunteered to go overseas after another airman was expecting a baby.

While he participated in campaigns in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, many of his missions were classified, leaving little proof he served.
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I'm glad he finally got his awards. Some of the guys I knew haven't received theirs yet, including at least one who is missing his Combat Infantryman Badge.
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Give us a break. Most of his awards are no different than if he had spent is time in CONUS.

Show me ONE, that is ONE Vietnam Era vet that hasn't earned those very same stand in line in the chow hall awards.
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