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

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

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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.

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