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Veteran receives purple heart six decades after serving

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

After 60 years, a veteran will receive five service medals to recognize his time served during the Korean War.

Owensboro veteran Henry Leach will be honored at 3 p.m. at the American Legion.   

Leach served in the Korean War and was a member of the Regular Army from May 23, 1950 to May 22, 1953, when his service was ended by honorable discharge.

He was injured back in October of 1950 during fighting with enemy forces.

Leach thought he might be able to receive the Purple Heart, but never got one.

His last known ranking was corporal, and most of his file was lost during a fire back in the early 1970s.

On Friday, more than 60 years after receiving those injuries, Leach will finally be presented with a Purple Heart.

Congressman Brett Guthrie will also honor Leach with a National Defense Service Medal, a Korean Service Medal with four bronze stars, a Combat Infantryman Badge First Award, and a United Nations Service Medal.

Again, the special ceremony will take place at 3p.m. at the American Legion in Owensboro.

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