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US veteran to be honoured 70 years after saying "no thanks" to Purple Heart

Published on Mar 8, 2014 8:40 PM

SYRACUSE (REUTERS) - An 89-year-old US World War II veteran who was wounded when his plane crashed in occupied France in 1944 is due to be honoured on Saturday with a medal he declined 70 years ago.

Richard Faulkner was 19 when the B-17 bomber in which he was flying collided with another allied aircraft, killing everyone except the staff sergeant, who found himself stranded behind enemy lines.

When he escaped Nazi-controlled territory Faulkner was offered the Purple Heart, but he declined it.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the US armed forces who are wounded in battle and posthumously if they are killed in action or die after being wounded in action.

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