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Decades-old award for heroism surfaces

Posted: Friday, Nov 23rd, 2012

The Sapp family discovered and translated a 44-year-old certificate documenting that Tim Sapp, above with daughter Ginger Jones, had been awarded the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Silver Star. Ginger researched the history and translated the certificate from Vietnamese to English.

More than 40 decades ago a soldier, barely awakened from a haze of pain and drugs, was awarded a silver star and a certificate from the Army of the Republic of Vietnam.

The man was Tim Sapp, the T in TR Hunter of Florence.

Sapp was a 19-year-old U.S. Army staff sergeant then and was hospitalized in the Third Field hospital in Saigon. Three days earlier he had been seriously injured by a mine explosion. Oddly, the ARVN officers were out of the appropriate medal to accompany the certificate and gave Sapp a silver star in its place.

He eventually went home and packed his medals and memories away.

For the complete article see the 11-24-2012 issue.

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