Vietnam Vet’s Family Presented With Posthumous Purple Heart

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Purple Heart earned more than 45 years ago was finally presented Sunday.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar helped present the Purple Heart to the family of Vietnam veteran Stephen Dufeck, who passed away in December of 2012.

Due to an error, Dufeck never received the Purple Heart for wounds he suffered during an enemy rocket and mortar attack — until today.

“It’s an award that’s long overdue for a man who gave so much and steadfastly refused to seek recognition for it,” Klobuchar said.

Dufeck’s three sons accepted the award, along with his newly born grandson, Stephen, who was named in his memory.


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