Purple Heart http://michiganradio.org en 43 years later, a Vietnam veteran gets his Purple Heart http://michiganradio.org/post/43-years-later-vietnam-veteran-gets-his-purple-heart <p>A Vietnam veteran finally received one of the nation&#39;s highest military honors on this Independence Day.</p><p>Arnold Spencer got his Purple Heart more than four decades after he was wounded in the leg and refused medical evacuation.</p><p>Spencer was only 19 years old when he served as an artillery forward observer in an infantry unit in Vietnam. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>He was wounded in a firefight, but turned down a medical evacuation, allowing a more seriously-injured soldier to go in his place, and returned to his unit.</p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 22:50:46 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8149 at http://michiganradio.org 43 years later, a Vietnam veteran gets his Purple Heart