MARYVILLE (WATE) – The Blount County Veterans Affairs office will present a World War II veteran with a Purple Heart after more than 70 years.
Raymond Garner, 91, said he doesn’t remember his injuries from the battlefield, but the Blount County Veterans Affairs office believes he is very deserving of the honor.
Garner entered the Army in 1943 and served in WWII in the campaigns of northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.
He was also a Vietnam veteran who retired from the Army as an E-7 in 1971.
In June 2014, the Blount County Veterans Affairs office sent a request to the National Personnel Records Center in Maryland for his replacement medals.
After a search of his military records by the NPRC, documentation noting Garner was wounded during WWII was found.
Officers believe Garner’s wounds were minor and most likely from shrapnel where the Army medic put in his military file.
An award ceremony will be held on June 30 at 3:30 p.m. at the Blount County Courthouse in Room 315.