Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Marine from Carlton, Minnesota has been awarded with the Purple Heart.
Lance Cpl. Dekota Frear, a machine gunner with Fox Co. 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, received the Purple Heart medal after receiving injuries while inside an armored vehicle while on a mounted patrol.
"While on a patrol a round entered our vehicle striking me in the left leg,” said Frear. “It is definitely a bitter sweet award but I’m proud to wear it".
The Purple Heart is the oldest military award that is still awarded to military members. It is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of an Armed Force or any civilian national of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services, has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded.
8 other Marines and one Sailor with Fox Co. 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment were also awarded with Purple Hearts for their actions in their support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns