John Conlee’s Son Awarded Purple Heart

Grand Ole Opry member John Conlee’s son has returned from the war in Iraq with a Purple Heart medal. Marine Lance Cpl. Johnny Conlee served in combat operations against insurgents around Fallujah and provided security for the Iraqi elections. While on a mission in Anbar province in December 2005, his unit was hit by an improvised explosive device, and he was awarded the Purple Heart for shrapnel wounds received in combat. “It’s a sacrifice to serve and to be among those who wait,” John Conlee said. “But it’s important to the country, and we are very proud.”