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It’s a very special honor for a Central New York veteran wounded in combat 70 years ago. Staff Sergeant Richard Faulkner was honed with the Purple Heart medal.
It’s a very special honor for a Central New York veteran wounded in combat 70 years ago. Staff Sergeant Richard Faulkner was honed with the Purple Heart medal.

Sergeant Richard Faulker's plane was shot down.

"He had to use an emergency parachute. When he landed, he was hurt. Ankles, legs, very banged up."

Banged up but alive -- Sergeant Faulkner was the only person from his B-17 bomber crew to survive the crash in Nazi-occupied France.

"The Germans came because they were looking for him. The farmer who he had landed on his field came after dark to get him and he was taken through the French underground."

He escaped and returned back home to Central New York where he was offered the purple heart but he turned it down.

"I didn't think I deserved it. They got killed and I didn’t."

But about a year ago -- he changed his mind. Faulkner told his family he wished he would have accepted the medal as a keep-sake for his grandchildren -- today he got his wish.

70 years after he was injured in combat, Sergeant Faulkner is finally getting the honor he deserves. A Purple Heart medal for a true hero.

"It’s an honor."

"I’m very proud of him even though he can’t wait for it to be over. He’s not one for the limelight."

"I just think it’s important for all our soldiers to be honored."

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