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Feb 21, 2014 4:37 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Korea War veteran receives medals 6 decades late


SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A Keizer man who was wounded in combat twice during the Korean War is getting the recognition he earned after nearly 63 years.

Bob Robison was paratrooper in the Army when enemy troops in Korea shot him in the chest in March 1951. He was shot in the leg a few months later and the Army sent him home.

But the Army didn't send him a Purple Heart, the medal the military awards service members wounded in action. He also never received the Republic of Korea's Korean War Service Medal that he earned for his service in the war.

With the help of state officials, Robison's family fixed that oversight. In a ceremony at the Capitol on Friday, Robison received the long overdue decorations.

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