50 years later, local veteran who served in Vietnam receives Purple Heart

“Everything that was done here today was really an honor to me,” he says

Local veteran honored with Purple Heart

WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - The Warren County Administration Building is typically a place where city officials handle business, but on Friday something extra special happened inside the Commissioners Meeting Room. One local U.S. Army veteran received a Purple Heart nearly 50 years after he was injured.

With a laugh, Staff Sgt. Tim Shelton said: “It only took 51 years." Shelton is from Carlisle and he’s now living in Warren County. From 1968 to 1969 he served in the Vietnam War.

“That was a year’s worth of lifetime experiences," Shelton said.

Shelton was injured on May 3, 1968.

Last year, Shelton reached out to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s office in hopes of correcting his military record. On Friday, Portman presented Shelton with the Purple Heart medal for the wounds he endured.

“It means direct contact,”Asst. Adjutant General Army Col. Dan Shank said. "So think about that, what that means -- today it’s easy to talk about but when the event happened that means Tim is looking in the eyes of the enemy and he’s engaged directly. "

“He served his country in Vietnam," Portman said. "He served honorably and he did his duty and for us he has earned the Purple Heart.”

In addition to the Purple Heart Shelton’s family watched as he also received a Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, and a Combat Infantryman Badge.

“Appreciative for one thing," Shelton said after receiving his medals. "Everything that was done here today was really an honor to me.”

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