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January 18, 2018 03:40 PM

KELOLAND Investigation Results In Another Veteran Receiving Purple Heart

Our KELOLAND News Investigation has resulted in another veteran finally receiving his Purple Heart. 

In December, we first brought you the story of World War II Veteran Sylvan Vigness and his family's two-decade long efforts to get him the Purple Heart.

Vigness lost the sight in his left eye when his ship was attacked at the Battle of Iwo Jima. 

But the Navy kept saying there wasn't the correct documentation from the ship to award Vigness the Purple Heart, despite his medical records and testimony from shipmates confirming what had happened. 

After our investigation, we asked Senator Mike Rounds about it and he told KELOLAND News he would take the issue back before Navy officials.

On Thursday, 94-year-old Vigness and his family were told he would be getting the Purple Heart in a ceremony likely within the next week.

KELOLAND News will be there for the ceremony.  

Rounds spoke KELOLAND News about how the honor was finally approved.




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