New Mexico Army veteran receives Purple Heart award

New Mexico
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A local Army veteran was surprised with his Purple Heart more than six decades after his injury. 

According to the Hobbs Sun News, a surprise ceremony was held at the Hobbs VFW Hall for Lawrence Hill on Wednesday. 

Hill was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1959. He was later injured while training as a chemical engineer, but never received his Purple Heart. 

During recent visits, medical officials in Hobbs heard about the oversight and started the ball rolling. 

The 82-year-old says he was surprised and honored by their efforts. 

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