Soldier receives long-awaited purple heart award

Soldier receives long-awaited purple heart award

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MARYVILLE (WATE) - A Blount County war hero received a long overdue honor Thursday night, a purple heart.

We first told you on Monday on Six News at Five that John Morse turned down the honor 47-years ago.

Morris came under mortar fire after volunteering for guard duty. He was hit and blinded for eight days.

At the hospital in Saigon, when an officer came around handing out the purple heart medal to the wounded soldiers, Morris turned his down.

He thought at the time that he "didn't deserve it."While he humbly accepted the honor tonight, his thoughts with current military members.

Morris served with the 191st air assault helicopter company. The 66-year-old is a father of two children and a grandfather.

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