MT. VERNON (WSIL) — A Vietnam veteran was presented with a Purple Heart Friday in Mt. Vernon.
The Purple Heart was presented to Doug Spells during a special ceremony at Mt. Vernon City Hall. Spells served in the Air Defense Artillery Unit.
U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and Mayor John Lewis presented the medal to Spells.
Rep. Bost’s office says Spells earned the medal after sustaining injuries while on a Search and Destroy mission. He rose to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army while serving in Vietnam.