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Midstate Veteran Receives Purple Heart Medal after 62 Years - Erika Kurre

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NASHVILLE, TN - An award for the wounded more than 60-years in the making.
   
The US Army is correcting what it calls a wrong for a veteran in the midstate.

The purple heart is a medal given to soldiers wounded in combat.
   
But Nashville resident Earl Taylor never got the award due to an administrative error that took six decades to correct.

The medal he's been waiting for was given in a presentation that far exceeded his expectations.

Joined by his comrades, Taylor is recognized just in time for this veteran's day.

He was wounded on January of 1951 during the Korean War in the city of Taegu.

Taylor says he was hit in the leg with shrapnel and struggled through the bitter cold night to survive.

Now, soldiers are lined up to shake his hand.

They're celebrating with a comrade.

Pride is on the faces of Taylor and his wife.

She stands by his side, though her health hardly allows her to.

Taylor says the military lost his records when he got out of the Army.
   
He gives credit to Senator Lamar Alexander's office for following through with delivering the medal.