After nearly 50 years of waiting, T-Bones help surprise metro Vietnam veteran with Purple Heart
BY MEGAN BRILLEY
AUGUST 20, 2016
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A metro Vietnam veteran has been waiting nearly 50 years for his Purple Heart.
Milton Shelley served in Vietnam in the 60s and was injured while serving. The veteran gave up hope, but Saturday night he got the surprise of a lifetime while at a T-Bones game.
Milton Shelley waited in a line of military veterans. Then he stepped up to the mound and threw the first pitch of the game.
Shelley thought his job was done and started to walk back to his seat, when he was told to stand on home plate.
The announcer began to tell him he wasn't just there to throw the first pitch.
Milton served in Vietnam in the 60s, he was shot and injured. For nearly 50 years, Milton wondered why he didn't get a Purple Heart.
"I never thought I'd get it," Shelley said. "I tried several times. Mailing stuff in."
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