Silver Star, Air Medal among 8 awards Mississippi vet gets for service in Vietnam

TUPELO, Miss. — A Mississippi veteran is receiving medals to recognize his military service in Vietnam, more than 45 years after he was wounded in combat.

Ed Deuschle was presented the Silver Star, the Air Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge on Monday in his native Tupelo.

U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., made the presentation during a ceremony at Calvary Baptist Church…

…The effort to recognize Deuschle began two years ago when his nephew, U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, asked about his service. Nunnelee, R-Miss., pushed the military to open an investigation to award the medals. After Nunnelee died this year and Kelly was elected to succeed him, Kelly continued the effort.

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