Purple Heart

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Mon March 10, 2014
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World War II veteran honored with Purple Heart 70 years after turning it down

Staff Sergeant Richard Faulkner receives his Purple Heart from Rep. Dan Maffei.
Tom Magnarelli WRVO

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) awarded a World War II veteran the Purple Heart on Saturday. Staff Sergeant Richard Faulkner turned down the award 70 years ago, but recently had a change of heart.

When 89-year-old Richard Faulkner was 18, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps as a ball turret gunner. In March of 1944, he was wounded after parachuting out of an airplane that crashed in France. Faulkner says it was the scariest time of his life, he spent 29 days behind enemy lines. He was awarded the Purple Heart, but he turned it down.  

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