Decorated Vietnam War veteran Don E. Williams, who served in the Army and was recently reunited with two lost medals, is showing is appreciation to FOX13 News on this Independence Day.
Williams invited FOX13's own Tom Dees over to his house in Cordova for ribs on this July 4 holiday.
Williams was reunited with two service medals, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V device for Valor, that were found in a Memphis storage facility by a Lepanto, Ark., auctioneer. Williams earned both the medals in combat in 1966 during the Vietnam War.
Williams, who served as an Army medic, was shot six times while trying to rescue his fellow soldiers during a five-hour battle on April 11, 1966. He was the only medic to survive the battle. For heroic actions 47 years ago in Vietnam, Spec 4 Williams received a Bronze Star with a V for Valor device and a Purple Heart.
Thirty-two years after being injured in the Vietnam War, in 1998 he put the two medals in a storage unit in Memphis. Soon after his mother passed away and he slipped into depression. A day after the auctioneer showed the lost war medals to FOX13 News, Williams was located. On April 1 he was in Lepanto at the American Legion Post to officially be reunited with his two lost medals.
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