Melvin Fields served in Viet Nam in 1968 as a helicopter gunner with 25 missions under his belt when a mortar round landed near his tent. The resultant wounds almost ended his life.
47 years later, with the help of a US Senator, Melvin finally received the Purple Heart medal due him for those wounds. His very supportive wife, Verdia, engaged Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark, who went to work and not only finalized the purple Heart award but discovered Melvin was due an Air Medal and the Cold War Certificate, which he presented at the same time.
The article goes on to explain the rough times Melvin endured after the war and the subsequent healing, physical and mental, over the years.
It is a story many Viet Nam Vets can relate to.
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|Senator Cotton presents the long overdue Purple Heart medal to Marvin Fields|