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Panthers honor Vietnam veteran, Purple Heart recipient, before game

Willie Brinson was 10 months into his tour of duty when he was shot in leg

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Florida Panthers celebrated their Black History Night by honoring Willie Brinson, a veteran of the Vietnam War, on Saturday.

Brinson enlisted in the Army in 1964 and served through 1967. He was 10 months into his tour in Pleiku when he was shot in the leg.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Tonight we are proud to recognize Sergeant Willie Brinson as our @cityfurniture Heroes Among Us honoree!Willie enlisted in the US Army in 1964 and served until 1967. He was deployed to Pleiku, Vietnam during the Vietnam War and is the recipient of the Purple Heart. pic.twitter.com/3EEPrQafZ3

Brinson received the Purple Heart for his bravery.

"In combat, there's no race. Everybody depends on each other," Brinson said in the video. "There's no black-and-white type of situation. You get shot you bleed red blood."

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