Good news for a change: Soldier gets his Purple Heart after 70 years

With everything going on in America and the world, it’s nice to find a true good news story. I can’t think of a better good news story than one that gives honor to our veterans, especially those from World War II.

As Matthew Liptak of Reuters reports, “An 89-year-old U.S. World War Two veteran who was wounded when his plane crashed in occupied France in 1944 is due to be honored on Saturday with a medal he declined 70 years ago. Richard Faulkner, of Auburn, New York, was 19 when the B-17 bomber in which he was flying collided with another allied aircraft, killing everyone except the staff sergeant, who found himself stranded behind enemy lines. When he escaped Nazi-controlled territory Faulkner was offered the Purple Heart, but he declined it.”

You can read Faulkner’s harrowing story here.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who are wounded in battle and posthumously if they are killed in action or die after being wounded in action. However, Faulkner began to regret his original decision because he wanted his grandchildren to have something to remember his service. And now they shall.

If any of you know our World War II veterans you know they’re very quiet and unassuming about their service and duty. In fact, many of them hardly talk about their experiences at all. That’s why the “Honor Flight” program is so vital and special because it brings an opportunity to display true regard and respect to the “Greatest Generation.” It’s a simple way a grateful nation and its citizens can say two words, thank you.

For those of you who reside anywhere near Auburn, New York or if there is anyone reading this missive who knows Mr. Richard Faulkner, please, do me a favor, go by, render him a salute from me and just say, Steadfast and Loyal Sir! God bless the heroes of our Greatest Generation.


  1. I’m glad he decided to receive such an Honor. Thank you for your service Sir and I hope your family realizes what an Honor it is.

  2. Dear Richard Faulkner,
    Thank you Sir. For your service and sacrifice to our country. You are a credit to your generation. Your bravery and valor are tremendously appreciated. God Bless you and your family Sir.

  3. Our country should be forever grateful and indebted to men such as Richard Faulkner. I’ve known WWII Vets and you’re right LTC West, they are quiet and unassuming about their service, which is why I felt it both an honor and a privilege to listen to them privately tell me of their experiences. There are no other words to describe that.


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