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San Diego, CA - May 5, 2011

New Purple Heart stamp unveiled in San Diego

Carroll Sweet didn’t exactly get a hero’s welcome when he returned from Vietnam.

Sweet, who received a Purple Heart in 1970 after being shot in the leg and hit in the head with grenade fragments, remembers being spit on by civilians and having projectiles dropped on him as he sailed with other veterans under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Then there was his introduction to a high school friend’s newlywed wife.

“She called me a baby killer and told me a real man would have gone to Canada,” Sweet said.

It may look like ordinary postage to some, but the U.S. Postal Service’s new Purple Heart stamp — unveiled Thursday morning aboard the USS Midway Museum — represents much more to Sweet and others.

It represents respect. It represents appreciation.

Read the rest of this article and check out the photo of the Purple Heart Forever Stamp Ceremony by clicking here 

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National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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