The time and place have been etched indelibly in the mind of veteran Sergeant James Henderson, Jr. of Ninety-Six, South Carolina. That was the time Henderson suffered the wounds of combat. Henderson contacted 3rd District Congressman Jeff Duncan’s office several months ago to request assistance in obtaining medals that he never received during his military career. After working with the Defense Department, it was confirmed that Sergeant Henderson rightfully earned a Purple Heart and several other medals. On Monday, Congressman Duncan officially awarded Henderson with a Purple Heart in a ceremony Monday afternoon at steps of the old Greenwood County Library. Henderson says while he is honored, the memories are painful.
AUDIO: Henderson was moved (:12)
During the ceremony attended by local veterans, State Rep. Mike Pitts presented a Purple Heart to another Vietnam veteran Robert J. Livingston.
Duncan told WLMA’s Anne Eller it is a scar on the nation that the returning Vietnam veterans were not treated the way they deserved to be treated. He says ceremonies like the one in Greenwood Monday is an effort to right a wrong. Duncan says honoring soldiers that have been wounded in battle is always for him a humbling experience.
AUDIO: Duncan says we all should do more to honor veterans (:32)
Anne Eller, WLMA Greenwood covered this story.