SAN ANTONIO - A soldier was honored Friday with the oldest military decoration in the world. Sergeant First Class Charles Graham received a Purple Heart for an incident that happened nearly a decade ago.
"It means a lot to me," Graham said. "We had a lot of K-I-A soldiers, so I want to honor them and their sacrifices."
Graham was awarded the medal in the Purple Heart Garden at The Warrior and Family Support Center.
Now serving in the Army for almost 20 years, he received the medal for an injury he had in November of 2005.
"My guys were running out to the gun line, and the motor came within ten feet about me and exploded," Graham said. "I don't remember anything after that."
His father, Charles Graham, remembers hearing about his son's injury overseas. "By the time I heard about it, it was over," he said, "I'm just really thankful to God."
The two sat just a few feet away from one another during the ceremony, both coming to tears.
He is a father proud of his son, but also proud to come from a long line of veterans.
His other son, SFC Justin Graham, is also serving in the Army. Two of his grandfathers also received the Purple Heart.
"They were all a family of warriors," SFC Charles Graham said. "I think we all have the warrior in us, it's just up to us if we're called, to let the warrior out."
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