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Purple Heart Given To Woonsocket Vietnam Vet

 A long-overdue Purple Heart medal was awarded to a Vietnam veteran from Woonsocket on the first day of this month. Congressman David Cicilline formally presented the Purple Heart to Ernie Boisvert at the American Legion in Woonsocket. According to Cicilline's office, Boisvert, an Army Specialist 5th Class, was hit in the face with shrapnel from ordnance that killed his lieutenant in one of the most significant battles of the war in Pleiku, Vietnam in 1967. Cicilline said Boisvert was never formally treated and never received recognition for his sacrifice during the battle.



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