Dan Collins, commander of chapter 593 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, talks about the Purple Heart after World War II veteran Arthur W. Owens was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart 68 years after his heroic actions while fighting near Ludwigshafen, Germany. On March 23, 1945, Owens' tank was hit by a shell from an anti-tank gun. After evacuating the vehicle, he returned twice under heavy enemy fire - and despite his wounds - to rescue injured comrades. After a review of his records, Secretary of the Army John McHugh recently signed orders to recognize Owens. Brig. Gen. Mike Bridges, commander of the Alaska Army National Guard, presented the medals during a ceremony at the Alaska National Guard headquarters on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher/Released)
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