Sunday, December 10, 2017

44 years later, Vietnam vet finally awarded Silver Star+ for fighting his way into an armed North Vietnamese camp to retrieve the body of a fallen soldier.

Via Billy

171208ndn Paul Harvey

Vietnam War veteran Paul Harvey got several medals that were rightfully his Friday, 44 years after he completed his Army service.

During a ceremony Friday in the Cranston office of Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., the Jamestown resident was awarded a Silver Star medal, the military’s third-highest decoration for combat valor. Harvey also earned a Purple Heart medal, a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster and other awards.

After getting out of the Army, Harvey, who is now 71 years old, was a longtime commercial fisherman aboard his boat Ingpoffer, which fished out of Narragansett Bay. He said he avoided the recognition for years, but it’s something he is proud of today.

“When I was over there (in Vietnam), I was just about to go and I went in to ask about the Silver Star and was told I could stay an extra three weeks and there would be a ceremony,” Harvey said. “I said, ‘Nah, I’ll have it follow me home,’ and when I got back I didn’t talk about it to hardly anybody.”


  1. Great story. Paul Harvey exemplifies the courageous Vietnam Vet who did his duty and put the war behind him after he left the service. I salute this quiet, humble and honorable individual. Thank you for your service, Mr. Harvey!