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Richard Faulkner, with his Purple Heart award, which he originally refused to accept out of respect for his fellow soldiers who did not make it home from World War II.

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Long-time Skaneateles man receives Purple Heart he originally turned down

“Thanks,” was all Richard Faulkner felt he needed to say when asked if he wanted to say a few a words to the crowd gathered at Bluefield Manor in Auburn on March 8. Faulkner was presented with a Purple Heart medal, the U.S. Military’s recognition for veterans wounded in combat, an honor he originally refused following his service as an airman in World War II almost 70 years ago.


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