An Army vet and former Holly Springs police officer charged last week with faking a Purple Heart award is fighting back. In an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Shane Ladner produced three military records obtained by his attorneys that they say show he indeed earned the medal awarded for combat wounds.
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THE PURPLE HEART
The military award, the modern form of the original Purple Heart established by Gen. George Washington in 1782, is conferred on any person wounded in action while serving with the armed forces of the United States. It is also awarded posthumously to the next of kin of personnel killed or having died of wounds received in action after April 5, 1917. The Purple Heart is awarded for wounds or death as result of an act of any opposing armed force, as a result of an international terrorist attack or as a result of military operations while serving as part of a peacekeeping force.
Source: Air Force Personnel Center