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Wing commander presents Visalia man with Purple Heart

VISALIA, Calif. -- Vandenberg Air Force Base Honor Guard posts the colors during the presentation of a Purple Heart to Air Force veteran Michael McKinney. The honor guard and 30th Space Wing commander Col. David Buck traveled to Visalia, Calif., April 13 to present the medal.  Mr. McKinney earned the medal 41 years ago when he was injured by a mortar attack during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)

VISALIA, Calif. -- Vandenberg Air Force Base Honor Guard posts the colors during the presentation of a Purple Heart to Air Force veteran Michael McKinney. The honor guard and 30th Space Wing commander Col. David Buck traveled to Visalia, Calif., April 13 to present the medal. Mr. McKinney earned the medal 41 years ago when he was injured by a mortar attack during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)

VISALIA, Calif. --  After a 41 year wait, Air Force veteran Michael McKinney is presented with a Purple Heart by 30th Space Wing commander Col. David Buck April 13. Mr. McKinney earned the medal when he was injured by a mortar attack during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)

VISALIA, Calif. -- After a 41 year wait, Air Force veteran Michael McKinney is presented with a Purple Heart by 30th Space Wing commander Col. David Buck April 13. Mr. McKinney earned the medal when he was injured by a mortar attack during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)

VISALIA, Calif. -- Air Force veteran Michael McKinney thanks his wife Bertha McKinney for her support and advocacy that led to his receipt of a Purple Heart April 13.  Mr. McKinney earned the medal when he was injured by a mortar attack during the Vietnam War. Due to paperwork issues, he was delayed receiving the medal for 41 years. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)

VISALIA, Calif. -- Air Force veteran Michael McKinney thanks his wife Bertha McKinney for her support and advocacy that led to his receipt of a Purple Heart April 13. Mr. McKinney earned the medal when he was injured by a mortar attack during the Vietnam War. Due to paperwork issues, he was delayed receiving the medal for 41 years. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)