Soldier gets Purple Heart after nearly a century

PFC Trevor Adkins and PFC Noah Bullock (Images courtesy U.S. Army)
November 12, 2012 10:18:06 AM PST
Harnett County honored two Army privates Monday whose service and sacrifice for our country came nearly a century apart.

The youngest was Private First Class Trevor Adkins - who was killed recently while serving in Afghanistan. The Spring Lake 21 year old died in July when the vehicle he was riding in hit a roadside bomb.

Also honored was Private First Class Noah Bullock, who was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart he earned in World War 1.

It was 1918 when Doris Gardner's father was wounded while serving in France. She told ABC11 Monday she never got the chance to talk to her dad about what happened.

"I wish I had him here now. I would get it out of him somehow," she said. "I can't tell you how proud I am of him. I never expected all of this. It's just more than me, 85 years old, can comprehend."

Bullock was a member of the 30th Infantry Division - which is still around today.

Bullock's medal was made possible through research done by the non-profit Veterans Legacy Foundation. The North Carolina-based Foundation helps veterans get mistakes in their military records corrected and works to see that veterans receive military awards they have won but were never awarded.  

More information on the Foundation can be found at its web site at www.vetslegacy.org.

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