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WWI Texas veteran posthumously awarded Purple Heart

On Jan. 11, Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters Jr., commanding general of 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), presents a Purple Heart award to Leon Lacey, nephew of Army Pvt. Virgil Lacey, a deceased American soldier who lost his life valiantly fighting for his country during World War I operations in France. The presentation took place at the Mills County courthouse in Goldthwaite, Texas. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason Kucera, 13th SC (E) Public Affairs Office)



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This work, WWI Texas veteran posthumously awarded Purple Heart [Image 2 of 4], by SFC Jason Kucera, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:01.11.2014

Date Posted:01.16.2014 14:39

Photo ID:1151447

VIRIN:140111-A-RD460-303

Resolution:1707x2851

Size:2.37 MB

Location:GOLDTHWAITE, TX, USGlobe

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