"I got to come home. So many didn't get to come home." -Purple Heart Recipient, Sergeant Eddie Miller
"We came in and were getting settle down for the night."
What began as a peaceful night during the Vietnam War for Eddie Miller became one he'll never forget.
"Rocket Attack. Boom!"
Miller said he was on the balcony of a hotel when an explosion caught him off guard and made him become unconscious. Luckily he woke up with his life and was able to return to the United States to take care of his family.
"My previous job, I was at Trace Die Cast and Eddie worked a Trace Die Cast. He told stories about him being in Vietnam. We didn't know until I got elected to Congress, we were talking one day and he never got his Purple Heart." commented Congressman Brett Guthrie.
Congressman Guthrie said the event was filed in Miller's medical record but was never transferred to the proper place for the award. After a very long wait, fellow veterans friends, and family gathered to recognize Sergeant Miller for his dedication to his country.
"Makes me feel wonderful because he's a great man. He's really good and he's a wonderful person." said Eddie's Wife, Gladys Miller.
Not a day goes by that Miller doesn't understand how lucky he really is to have survived such a close call.
"Now it's over with and I'm glad it is. I'm glad thinks turned out the way they did. I got to come home. So many didn't get to come home."
Though it took more than 40 years for the recognition, Eddie Miller is now, and will forever be a purple heart recipient.
"To present it to him is just such a thrill." added Congressman Guthrie.
Miller said he hopes its something that people will never forget.