Greenville man receives Purple Heart for Vietnam service

Posted at 10:06 AM, Oct 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-16 10:07:27-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A Greenville man received six medals for his service in Vietnam Wednesday, including the Purple Heart.

U.S. Representative Justin Amash made the presentations to retired Army Specialist Samuel N. Andres at Kent County Veterans Services.

According to Amash’s office, Andres and his four-man squad was attacked while on night patrol south of Pleiku, on September 13, 1968. During the hour-long firefight, Andres was shot twice in the leg.

The U.S. Army approved the medals in May 2015.