Crestview man earns Purple Heart, family learns after his death

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11:36 AM.

He and Rachel Payne had two children, Roberts and her brother, Gene R. Payne, who lives in Dadeville, Ala., and four grandchildren, Kimberly, 14, Gabriel, 12, Matthew, 8, and Samantha, 4.

Payne, who was born on the Fourth of July, 1943, was interred Thursday at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola.

"He was probably drill sergeant for some of the guys he's with now," Roberts said.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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