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1915 Hallmark Lane $499,000 1921 S. Moorings Drive $699,900 1349 Regatta Drive $869,000 UNDER CONTRACT 1913 Prestwick Lane $379,500 1313 S. Moorings Drive $689,000 857 Gull Point Road $769,000 UNDER CONTRACT 2122 Stillwater Place $1,199,000 1420 Quadrant Circle $989,000 34 WBM august 2015 NNeal Keller’s two Purple Hearts were awarded in quick succession for his 1967 combat injuries sustained less than one month apart during the Vietnam War. The 75-year-old resident of Hampstead was a Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class, who stood beside Marines on the battlefield, armed with a pistol for self-pro-tection and medical supplies for treating the wounded. The South Carolina native served with the 1st Battalion, 4th Regiment, 3rd Division and his medals include the Silver Star. As a Hospital Corpsman, Keller said he provided minor medical care in the field. “You treated them — whatever the injury was — then you got them evacuated,” he says. Keller doesn’t recall everything about the March 22, 1967, shrapnel wound to his cheek, but he believes he probably slapped a butterfly bandage on himself and continued treating the injured. On the day he was injured, his unit had run into an entrenched Vietnamese unit and a major battle ensued. “During the course of that, we were taking a lot of casualties in a situation where every time we tried to fly somebody out for treatment, we would take more casualties,” he recalls. “And two platoons had gone forward and a firefight started, and I moved up to assist corpsmen up there.” Keller adds he wasn’t even imme-diately aware of his injury amid the constant sound of cracking rifles and mortar fire. “We were getting a lot of mortar fire and small-arms fire when I got wounded,” he says. “I had every-body’s blood on me, so mine wasn’t noticeable.” Keller remembers his captain ask-ing if he was wounded and respond-ing in the affirmative before he re- 1720 Drysdale Drive • 910-256-6111 • www.landfallrealty.com entered the fray.


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