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Cork Man Gets Highest US Military Honour

 

Updated : Mar 30, 2009

A 35-year-old Corkman has been given one of the highest honours that can be bestowed by the United States military after he was shot while trying to save the life of a fellow solider in Iraq.

Sergeant Alan Kenneally, who was shot in the lower back on September 24 last year, accepted the Purple Heart, which is given in the name of the US President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving, at a ceremony in the US yesterday.

Alan Kenneally, who is originally from Mayfield, accepting the award on crutches yesterday, "I have no doubt in my mind that he (his comrade) would have done the same thing."

Sergeant Kenneally has spent months undergoing physical therapy at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC. It is still unclear whether he will be able to walk again, unaided. His wife has said her husband is improving , but he has a long way to go. The doctors say he might not walk until September. He could be in Washington for another eight months.

"We don’t really know. It’s kind of up in the air," Sara Kenneally said. "He’s doing a lot better… They have their ups and downs… They have to take it day by day.

To help support the Kenneally family, the Pembroke Military Support Group is running a month-long fundraiser, "Have a Heart Buy a Heart." Residents can buy $1 hearts to benefit the family throughout the town.

VeryHappyPig says Cork men are made of strong stuff, Sgt Kenneally will be back on his feet in no time!

 

 

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