Vietnam POW is re-awarded medals lost in Harvey flood (Mike Penn)

When Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters swept away the military medals of retired Navy Capt. Michael Penn, he considered the loss just one among many.

“We spent about a week in shock,” said Penn, a Vietnam veteran who survived eight months as prisoner of war. “Not medical shock, but mental shock. We had lost so much, so many meaningful things. Our daughter’s wedding pictures, all kinds of memorabilia, plus the thousands of dollars-worth of furniture. There was so much lost, and that was just one thing on the list.”

About three months after the flooding, Penn was honored with new medals presented by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Kingwood, in what has become a long recovery for the Penns.

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