It’s been roughly 45 years since Patrick Howe served in Vietnam. And he’s been waiting that long to receive his Purple Heart for the wounds he sustained in battle.
With the help of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office, Howe received his long-delayed medal on Monday at St. Peters City Hall. He called the moment “an extreme honor.”
“I’m just extremely honored and overwhelmed with what’s happening because Vietnam vets didn’t get the recognition when they came home,” Howe said. “So today, it’s just a big honor.”