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Franklin Man Receives Purple Heart 45 Years Later

July 5, 2014

A Franklin man was presented Thursday with a Purple Heart for which he qualified 45 years ago in a battle in Vietnam.

65 year-old Harold Bell was honored by representatives of local veterans groups at a ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial in Franklin’s South Park.

Bell was injured in a fire battle on Hill 488 in Vietnam in June, 1969.  After he returned to Venango County, he spent a career of work with PennDOT.  He never received his Purple Heart until a daughter looked into the matter and arranged for the paperwork for an investigation into the oversight through the office of Congressman Glenn Thompson.

The Franklin VFW Post co-ordinated Thursday morning’s ceremony.

Venango Weather