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Fire destroys Tullahoma vet's home

TULLAHOMA, TN (WSMV) -

A Tullahoma man recognized as one of the most decorated war veterans in the country is now without a home.

It was destroyed in a fire Thursday night.

Thomas Gwynn fought in World War II and the Korean War.

He was wounded 22 times, holds multiple Purple Hearts, and was promoted to First Lieutenant for his bravery on the battlefield during the D-Day Invasion.

With no family, and no home, this war hero, at 92, finds himself in another fight, to rebuild his life.

"I've got 24 scars on my body," says Gwynn, "bullets come through my leg, it saved my leg. I've taken three bullets out myself."

A tough as nails Ranger, but all Gwynn could do Thursday night was call 911 and watch as flames ate away at his house and the comfortable life he made for himself on Ragan Street.

The heat from the fire was so intense that fire fighters were forced back a number of times.

Now with his home gone, Thomas Gwynn's life has been turned upside down.

But he's thankful that he has his church family and his faith to lean on.

Another victim of the fire may be Gwynn's many purple hearts awarded for his bravery, but there was one medal that survived.

It was recently given to him by the government of France for his service during World War II.

"I had my medals about 8 feet tall, lost all of them, except one, the President of France gave me the Napolean medal," according to Gwynn.

But even at 92, Thomas Gwynn is not a quitter.

He's fought tougher battles in his life managing to escape from his North Korean captors twice.

"I'm gonna rebuild this is my home, I've been here 44 years," says Gwynn.

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