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Vietnam veteran surprised with Bronze Star Medal for Valor

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- His fellow veterans call it "long overdue."

As Veteran's Day approaches, a Navy Corpsman is surprised with a very special achievement honoring his heroism

"They surprised me with this. I had no idea it was coming," John Loudermilk said.

Loudermilk, known as "Doc," was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor during a ceremony Sunday at the Marine House.

It stems from his days in Vietnam.

Back in December 1967, he was hit with an improvised explosive device and the explosion threw him into a rice paddy.

Still, he was able to give medical attention to those injured, then helped with evacuations.

Loudermilk says the ceremony was overwhelming.

"Hearing the names of the guys who didn't make it and then seeing the guys I served with is really something," Loudermilk said. "You do think about the guys that you lost and you want to save them all but it's not possible to do that."

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also declared November 6th as John Loudermilk Day.

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