Bossier City, LA (KSLA)- An 81 year old Shreveport native finally got his long awaited for reward. Korean War Veteran Wiley William Lindsey was finally awarded his Bronze Star for Valor after 59 years of learning he had earned one.
Surrounded by family and friends in his hospital bed at Willis-Knighton Bossier, a bronze star was pinned to his pillow by a US Army delegate. Lindsey never asked for his actual Bronze Star medal until last month even though he knew he had earned one.
Private 1St Class Lindsey, the rank he had during the first year of the Korean War in 1951, showed his bravery on several occasions. He was once shot and injured on the battle field, but that didn't stop him from returning back after he had recovered. His second round though was a not so fortunate one. During his courageous efforts in helping some of his wounded military buddies get out of harms way, Lindsey was severely injured with shrapnels from an explosion. His injuries caused him to sustain severe nerve damage, spend 16 months in a full body cast and become paralyzed knees down.
But that didn't even stop him from pressing on. According to his daughter Deborah Lindsay, her father at one time held three jobs when he joined the civilian workforce.
"Being disabled never stopped him," said his daughter.
"We are grateful that we were able to make this happen for our dad who is now battling pulmonary fibrosis and heart problems", stated his daughter Debra Lindsey.
Mr. Lindsey is a resident of Shreveport, LA. He has three children: Debra Lindsey, Wiley Lindsey, Jr. and Clifton Lindsey. He has nine grandchildren, one great granddaughter and another one on the way.