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World War II veteran Wilburn Rowden, right, and Vietnam Veteran Don Hentges listen as Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a Silver Star Banner program Monday, in the Governor’s office. Rowden and Hentges were honored along with Vietnam veterans David Mauldin and Roger Stottlemyre.

World War II veteran Wilburn Rowden, right, and Vietnam Veteran Don Hentges listen as Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a Silver Star Banner program Monday, in the Governor’s office. Rowden and Hentges were honored along with Vietnam veterans David Mauldin and Roger Stottlemyre. Photo by Kelley McCall.

For more than 65 years, Wilburn Rowden has been a veteran, a veteran who was injured defending his country.

Nearly 35 years ago, David Maudlin, Roger Stottlemyre and Don Hentges returned home from Vietnam, with injuries, to a country that was less than welcoming.

The four were honored with Silver Star banners Monday morning in the governor’s office at the Capitol.

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