Purple Heart Awarded


By Len Yelinek

Purple Heart — Forty-nine years ago Las Vegan Charles Watkins (left) was a Sergeant in Vietnam and was wounded in combat in Quang Din Province. Gen. Donaldson visited him in the hospital and awarded him the Purple Heart medal. Due to a clerical error, Watkins’ Army records omitted mention of the Purple Heart award. Senator Dean Heller’s office was able to get Wakins’ records corrected and Bruno Moya (center), of the senator’s office, presented Charles the certificate for his combat valor medal at the June meeting of the Las Vegas chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, while chapter commander Len Yelinek assists.