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NEISD bus driver receives purple heart Medals after 45 years

One of NEISD's Bus Barns hosted an important ceremony Thursday, January 30 honoring a bus driver who earned two Purple Heart medals in Vietnam, but didn't receive them for 45 years.

Norman Fulkerson now spends his days driving students to and from school. But in 1968, he was serving his country in Vietnam as an Infantry soldier. He was wounded twice and was evacuated to Fort Knox, Kentucky. He received his certificates for the Military Order of the Purple Heart he earned in the mail after leaving with honorable service. He didn't receive his medals until now. Some believe the overwhelming number of the Army's casualties caused a delay in some of the paperwork. Some, like Fulkerson, didn't receive their medals.

Norman Fulkerson shared his story with fellow bus driver retired Air Force First Sergeant Karen Morgan. She wanted to make sure Fulkerson received the honors he deserved. Morgan obtained service records, requested the ribbons and Purple Heart medals, and organized the ceremony.

The Reagan JROTC supported the ceremony for Fulkerson. Veterans, employees, and Fulkerson's family attended the event in January.

JROTC honors Purple Heart recipient

Purple Heart recipient Norman Fulkerson with the Reagan Color Guard: Curtis Lopez, Max Crisp, Diego Ramirez, Isacc Chasse, and Jalen Hawkins

Posted on February 4, 2014