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After nearly 66 years, Keokuk man awarded Purple Heart

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   KEOKUK -- A Keokuk man has been awarded a Purple Heart medal nearly 66 years after he was injured during a battle in Korea.
   The Daily Gate City reports (http://bit.ly/2bnoYnn ) about 50 relatives and friends gathered to see the medal awarded Tuesday to David Harrison.
   Harrison was 18 on Oct. 13, 1950, when a 155 mm gun broke his leg during an attack on American troops.
   As Harrison described it, "Everybody ducked, and it just fell on me."
   Terry Altheide, of Keokuk American Legion Post 41, says the injury was caused by enemy action, so Harrison qualified for a Purple Heart.
   It took Harrison about a year to complete the process of getting the medal.
   He also received the Korean War Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal.

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