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November 16, 2017 11:58 AM

Gene Coyle To Receive Purple Heart

Sioux Falls

A Korean War veteran in Sioux Falls will be receiving the medal he has been working to get for almost 70 years.

In an Eye On KELOLAND Investigation, Angela Kennecke shared the story of Gene Coyle and his service fighting on the front lines for the U.S. Army. According to his family, Sen. John Thune's office called with good news less than a week after that story aired.

Sgt. Coyle will be getting his Purple Heart.

With help from Gene's son Kenny, the family had gathered documents and presented them to the Army through the senator's office.

In 1973, a fire at a National Archives building in St. Louis destroyed major portions of military personnel records. The Army had previously written to Coyle, saying that no records could be found to show he was authorized to receive the award.

In tonight's Eye On KELOLAND, we sit down with Gene to talk about the honor of finally receiving his award.

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