Congressman Billy Long presents Purple Heart to Missourian injured in World War I

BRANSON, Mo. -- A World War I veteran from Missouri received his Purple Heart for his heroism years after his death.

Congressman Billy Long presented his Clyde Atkins son John the Purple Heart this week in Branson. Atkins grew up in Marceline, Mo. The honor happened 100 years later.

"I had the honor of presenting World War II veteran, John Atkins, with the Purple Heart at College of the Ozarks in honor of his late father, Clyde Atkins, who was wounded in World War I,” said Rep. Long. “John reached out to my office for help and requested his father’s military file be reviewed for Purple Heart consideration. Albeit 100 years late, I was still honored to be asked to play a small role in righting this wrong.”

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Services who are either wounded or killed in the line of duty.

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