“Dakota Life” features World War II hero former Philip resident Richard Hedden

South Dakota Public Broadcasting's popular television magazine program "Dakota Life" is back with a new episode of great South Dakota stories this February. The Emmy-nominated program is known for finding the stories that make life in our state unique. It will feature several segments from around South Dakota.

One segment features Richard M. Hedden, a Normandy survivor who was awarded the French Cross of War, the equivalent of our Congressional Medal of Honor, in August 2005. Hedden was born in Mt. Vernon but grew up in Philip. He joined the military during his junior year in high school. He has lived most of his life in Rapid City, though he has attended some American Legion meetings in Philip. "Dakota Life" examines why he received this honor from the French government some 60 years after WWII,  and details his life after the War. Hedden says he is one of two soldiers in South Dakota to have received the Cross of War.

The February episode of "Dakota Life" will air February 15 at 8:30 p.m. MT and February 20 at 8:30 p.m. MT. The episode will repeat on March 3 at 8:30 p.m. MT and March 25 at 11:30 a.m. MT.

For information on this or other SDPB programs, call 1-800-456-0766 or go to SDPB.org.