Vietnam veterans receive overdue recognition | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Post-Gazette.com – A ceremony Monday in Bridgeville honoring 90 Vietnam veterans from the South Hills was already poignant when a plaintive, live bugle rendition of “Taps” took it to another level. It wasn’t just the emotion and memories stirred by the tune, sometimes known by the first line of its lyrics, “Day is Done.” It’s that it was played by Bob Szoszorek, 67, of Carrick, a Purple Heart recipient for wounds he received during his 1968-69 tour as an Army soldier when a Chinese Claymore mine exploded near him. He spent six months in a hospital and suffered through difficult rehabilitation. He lost the use of his right leg — he now walks with a cane — and has a plate in his head. But when he returned stateside, there was no “Thank you for your service” from a grateful nation, no bands, no parades.

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