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Purple Heart recipients U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer David Hill, who served in Vietnam, and Robert Hunt, a U.S. Staff Sgt. E-5, who served in conflicts and assignments in the Philippines, Afghanistan, Kosovo and other regions were among veterans like United States Air Force Staff Sgt. Jerry Briscoe, U.S. Navy E-4 George Blaha, U.S. Marine Gary Holm, and U.S. Navy E-3 Elvis Morris who came out to mark the occasion and show their support for DeSoto County being designated as a "Purple Heart County."

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