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BUFFALO, N.Y. — A western New York man has been awarded a second Purple Heart medal he never received after being wounded in Vietnam nearly 50 years ago.

Bob Franz of the Erie County town of Eden was 21 and serving with an Army unit in early 1966 when he was shot in the chest. He recovered and received a Purple Heart for the wound, but never received a second Purple Heart after suffering a severe arm injury during an attack just two weeks after returning to combat.

He returned to the front lines after being wounded the second time and finished out his one-year tour of duty.

Local media outlets report that Franz received the oak leaf cluster signifying his second Purple Heart during a ceremony held Tuesday in Buffalo.

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