Hyla Merin grew up without a father and for a long time never knew why. But on Sunday, decades after he won it, Merin received her father's Purple Heart, along with a Silver Star she never knew he'd won and a half-dozen other medals.
A North Dakota National Guard soldier wounded while serving in Iraq has received the Purple Heart. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk (sprihn-suh-NAT'-ik) presented Sgt. Michael Wing with the award during a ceremony in Minot on Friday.
It took a while, but Staff Sgt. Heith Dokken finally was awarded the Purple Heart he earned nearly nine years ago. On Saturday at Camp Grafton just south of Devils Lake, the 21-year military veteran who grew up in Forest River, N.D., was presented the nation’s oldest military medal for wounds he suffered July 1, 2003, near Ar Ramadi, Iraq.
Three years after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a mortar attack in 2008 while on duty, Ouart finally got recognition for his service by being awarded a Purple Heart at a ceremony Saturday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center.
The North Dakota congressional delegation announced Friday that Ouart, who suffered a traumatic brain injury from a mortar attack, will receive the medal. Ouart, a former firefighter who enlisted in the National Guard in 2006, was wounded in 2008.
Victim likely shot during robbery in Tennessee
A 1983 graduate of Grand Forks Central High School, a 22-year Marine veteran who served in Bosnia and Iraq, has died after being shot Wednesday as he worked on a car near his home in Jackson, Tenn.
Of all the medals this nation’s soldiers wear with pride, there is one that many say they’d rather not get: the Purple Heart. It’s earned for wounds received as a result of enemy action. Justin Glasser has two of them.
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