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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Decades later, two veterans from New York state have been honored by their congressmen for their military service in two different wars.

Korean War veteran Eugene "Bob" Pernatt was presented a Purple Heart and other medals by U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins Friday in Buffalo.

The same day, Congressman Dan Maffei bestowed former Army Staff Sgt. Lauren Dates with a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and 10 other awards for his service in Vietnam. That ceremony was in Syracuse.

Pernatt was shot in both legs in 1951 during the Korean War.

Maffei told The Citizen of Auburn that Dates earned the honors for keeping his platoon from being separated from the rest of the company, while injured, during a 1967 battle in Dak To, Vietnam.

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