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April 22, 2013

Tahlequah veteran receives Purple Heart

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U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, left, recently presented a Purple Heart to Paul Phillips of Tahlequah. “Although men like Mr. Phillips have passed the torch of defending our freedoms to the next generation, we must never forget their sacrifices on behalf of our nation,” Mullin said in a media release. Phillips was a Navy Seabee in Vietnam, where  he suffered burns to 29 percent of his body in a building explosion. He  spent a year and a half in a hospital, then returned to Vietnam. He retired as a chief petty officer.

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