HARRISON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --A Vietnam War veteran from Harrison who was wounded during combat 46 years ago has received one of the most recognized and respected medals in the military.

Stephen Andrews served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and he took a gunshot wound to the leg while conducting a search and destroy mission in April of 1967. The injury shattered his fibula, and he was honorably discharged just a few months later.

Mr. Andrews' family recently contacted Senator Susan Collins' office to see if Mr. Andrews could be honored with a Purple Heart medal.

In a ceremony at the VFW Hall in Harrison Thursday, Mr. Andrews finally received that honor. After all these years, his family is relieved to see him get an award long overdue.

"I'm so proud of my husband," Lori Andrews said. "I just can't tell you how happy I am for him. He's been through a lot in the past year and a half, and that's what brought me to do this today, to get him what he deserved while he was in Vietnam, and I'm very happy for him."

Maine National Guard Chief of Staff Col. John Jansen, and representatives from the VFW and Auxiliary were all in attendance to honor Mr. Andrews at the ceremony Thursday.

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