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Recognition long overdue

Jesup (KWWL) -   The state is finally recognizing a hero that proudly served his country.

Richard Youngblut was wounded while serving in the Korean War, but did not receive a purple heart. After suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, the veteran took his own life in 1993.

Tuesday a ceremony was held in Jesup, to present Mrs. Youngblut and her 11 children with a purple heart.

Richard's daughter Shelly Curby says, "I always knew dad was a hero, I just didn't understant the extent of it and once I learned why my dad took his own life to save this family, I knew I hade to honor him."

Richard's wife, Rose Youngblut said, "I'm happy that it turnded out like it did, we got the purple heart, it makes my family all feel better that we got some answers."

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley was there to present the purple heart to Rose.


Online Reporter: Matt Haupert

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