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60 Years After Service, Korean War Vet Receives Purple Heart

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Hurt, VA -- A Southside veteran is being recognized for his military service more than 60 years ago. Korean War Vet, Roy Haymore Jr., from Hurt, recently received his Purple Heart.

The ceremony was held at the Pittsylvania County Circuit Court, and Congressman Robert Hurt did the honors.

Haymore left the military in the early 50s, but just recently started to talk about his experience on the front lines. When Haymore's grandson learned he was injured during the war, he wanted to make sure his hero was honored.

83-year-old Roy Haymore Jr. spent seven months of his life fighting on the front lines in the Korean War.

"All of my fighting was on Pork Chop Hill and it was with the 7th division, 31st regiment," Haymore said. 

But after leaving the military in 1954, he wanted to leave some of the memories behind too.

"I knew he had just gotten out of the Korean War, but he never talked about the war," said Peggy Haymore, Haymore's wife. 

When his daughter was old enough, he would only talk about the funny war stories.

"Like the time when he was in Okinawa and he pointed to something on the menu because he had no idea what it meant and he ended up with a plate full of snails,"said Kathy Kessee, Haymore's daughter.

But this past year, he started sharing more, stories of the painful times.

"A lot of people lost their lives. A lot. That's the reason I don't talk about it. I don't even like to think about it," Haymore said. 

A telegram from 1953, shocked Haymore's grandson who had no idea he was injured in the war. A piece of artillery, as tough as steel, struck Haymore on his hand and on his leg. His grandson decided to make sure his hero got his Purple Heart. 

"I'm glad they pursued it. But like I said, I never pursued it," Haymore said. 

"I know my dad is very proud to have served his country," Kessee said.

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