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The family of Boardman vet killed in Vietnam receives his medals
Purple Heart and five other medals are presented

Kevin Niedermier
The medals presented to the family of Larry Eisenbraun today. He was killed in Vietnam in 1968.
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Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown today presented six medals of honor, including the Purple Heart, to a Northeast Ohioan killed in Vietnam.

In 1968, Navy medic Larry Eisenbraun of Boardman died shielding a wounded soldier from enemy fire. His brother, T.J. Eisnebraun, says the family was trying to get the military’s highest honor for valor, something their mother has been wishing for.

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“The goal of this whole deal is that we were trying to obtain the Silver Star, but there just wasn’t the documentation in his official file. But as a result of that a replacement set of medals are being presented today, and those are going to be displayed so all my brothers and sisters can see them on a regular basis, and my mom as well.”

Eisenbraun says the death of his brother was tough on him, his other five siblings and their mother, but it made them a stronger family.

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My name is Mike Eisenbraun. I am Larry's brother. I was 14 years old when Larry was killed in Vietnam. He has been gone for 46 years but it seems like yesterday.

I appreciate WKSU running this story. Keeping Larry's memory alive has always been very important to us.

Thank you,

Posted by: Mike Eisenbraun (Portland, Tennessee) on November 13, 2014 8:11AM
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