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Mass. Vietnam War veteran among those to be honored by National Purple Heart Honor Mission

Mass. Vietnam War veteran among those to be honored by National Purple Heart Honor Mission
Despite being injured twice in Vietnam, once so severely he was lucky to survive, John Hurley Jr. says he never regretted joining the U.S. Marine Corps even as it came during wartime.

Vietnam War veteran among those to be honored by National Purple Heart Honor Mission John Hurley Jr.Hurley is one of the first people in the country to be recognized by the National Purple Heart Honor Mission at West Point.Fifty years later and after decades of volunteering for multiple veterans’ organizations, Hurley is now one of the first people in the country to be recognized by the National Purple Heart Honor Mission at West Point.On the road to his being awarded the Purple Heart and other honors, including the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, Hurley suffered a hearing loss, multiple shrapnel wounds and other injuries.

It blew out my eardrums, and I had shrapnel up and down my body,” Hurley recounts The Purple Heart, a medal no one wants to receive, was awarded to him after that attack.This is the second year of the Honor Mission, which stems from the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, and is an effort focused on recognizing some of the nearly 2 million medal recipients from across the country, said Robert Driscoll, communications associate for the mission.

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