WWII veteran to receive Purple Heart after more than 70 years

Raymond Garner, 91
Raymond Garner, 91

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (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 veterans affairs office believe he is very deserving of the honor.

Garner entered the Army in 1943 and served in WWII in the the campaigns of northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.

He was also a Vietnam veteran who retired from the Army as a 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.

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