NH soldiers share family bond — and Purple Hearts
Forty-four years later, Morse's son-in-law, Paul Dimond, was injured in Afghanistan when a bomb went off at a graduation ceremony. The Manchester father helped contain the scene before driving his team to a medical station.
Dimond, 42, will receive his award at a 10 a.m. ceremony Friday at the State House in Concord. Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are scheduled to attend along with Brigadier Generals Michaelene Kloster and Peter Corey.
"They wanted to send me home and I didn't want to go," Morse said. "When I was in the hospital, they tried to award me the medal. I said I didn't want it and didn't deserve it at the time."
A Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the U.S. armed forces wounded, killed or who has died after being wounded.
"It was a pretty emotional ceremony for a Vietnam veteran to finally receive his Purple Heart over 47 years later," Weinbaum said. "I think he was emotional and I think everyone else was as well."
Dimond, who works security at Seabrook Station but is still in the U.S. Army Reserves, said it was "pretty awesome" for both he and Morse to receive the Purple Hearts so close together.
"That would have been great if I had been there" in Tennessee, Dimond said.
Asked how he felt about receiving the Purple Heart, Dimond said: "It's a huge honor. It's very humbling. I feel the same way he does. There are lot of people worse off than me and you've got to respect that."
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