Herlin Jeffries of Lincoln County spent two years in the Army during World War II. His time was cut short when he was wounded Aug. 5, 1944, during a battle in France.
He was on the front lines in France 43 days when he was wounded as he attempted to help another soldier that had been shot.
Jeffries, who joined the army in March 1943, was a member of the Medical Detachment, 329th Infantry, 83rd Division.
After he was hurt, he returned to the United States, where he spent seven months in a Virginia military hospital. He was discharged in March 1945. He received a Purple Heart and other medals for his service.
The 87-year-old Jeffries grew up in Casey County, and lived in West Virginia when he joined the military. He returned home after he was discharged.