By The Associated Press
HERNANDO — When a house fire about 15 years ago destroyed the three medals Jimmy Newton received for rescuing and treating wounded on the battlefield in Vietnam, he thought they were lost forever.
On Tuesday, the former Army medic’s medals — the Combat Medical Badge, the Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation — were returned.
U.S. Rep. Travis Childers presented Newton with them during a ceremony at the DeSoto County Courthouse.
Two months after his 18th birthday in 1969, Newton enlisted in the Army. He was deployed to Vietnam with the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles.”
Seated in a wheelchair because of the shrapnel in his knees and diabetes, Newton told The Commercial Appeal that the new medals will go on the wall of his home.