MOULTON, Ala.- A Moulton man received Army medals for his time served in the Vietnam War almost a half-century ago.
This week, Royce Melson received his honors. These included the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars, the National Defense Service Medal, the Expert badge with Rifle Bar, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device.
Congressman Robert Aderholt’s staff worked to obtain the medals for Melson.
Melson’s military career began when he enlisted in 1965 and deployed to Vietnam as a communications specialist in 1966. At that time, Melson was 19 years old.
In 1968, Melson left the Army about six months after he returned home.
Melson said while serving in Vietnam, he was exposed to Agent Orange, a herbicide that is used to treat trees. He suffered long term health problems from the exposure, including Parkinson’s Disease.