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Jun 22, 2012 1:28 PM

Tucson family gets Vietnam vet's awards after originals lost in fire

TUCSON - Rep. Raul Grijalva presented a Bronze Star and several other awards to the family members of a soldier killed in Vietnam in 1968 after the original awards were destroyed in a house fire.

Patrick Leroy Mansfield joined the U.S. Army on April 28, 1967 and began his tour of duty in Vietnam on March 30, 1968, according to a news release from Rep. Grijalva's office. He died in Vietnam on May 12, 1968 and was promoted posthumously to Corporal E-4.

The release states that for his outstanding meritorious service in connection with a ground operation against a hostile force in Vietnam, Corporal Mansfield was awarded the following: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal , Combat Infantryman Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, and Marksman Badge with rifle bar.

The original awards were destroyed in a house fire. This morning, Rep. Grijalva presented the awards to the surviving members of Corporal Mansfield's family: his mother, his son Raymond, and his grandson Rene.

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