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Long overdue: Vietnam vet receives medal

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Long overdue, one Vietnam veteran finally received his Silver Star medal Monday.

42-years-ago, Terry Shoopman helped save his platoon when it was under fire in Vietnam.

Monday Senator Tom Harkin awarded Shoopman with the medals he so longly deserved at Hawkeye Community College.

Shoopman credits his fellow army friends for Monday's event.

"I saw him at a reunion and he asked me if I ever got it and I said no. He said well we are going to fix that," Shoopman said, "So he started writing letters, contacting politicians and my other army buddies wrote letters. They just wouldn't let it die. Eventually, we got to this part."

Senator Harkin also had the opportunity to talk to student veterans at Hawkeye Community College.

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