Six soldiers awarded Purple Heart in Augusta

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News 12 First at 5, July 5, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga--Six wounded soldiers received the oldest military honor at Augusta's Uptown VA hospital Thursday afternoon.

Eisenhower Army hospital commander Brigadier General Donald Bradshaw presented each of them with the Purple Heart.

The six honorees were injured this year while serving in Iraq. General Bradshaw thanked the soldiers for their "courage under fire."

The Purple Heart is given to military heroes who are injured while serving our country. Some were injured severely by explosive devices; others sustained broken bones as a result of gunfire.

PFC Gregory McClosky told News 12, "It's something that shows me the country appreciates my sacrifice and the sacrifice of my brothers and sisters. It's not something I want, but I'm proud I earned it."

PFC Jason Rainey said,"It just makes you appreciate being back here...things you have back here."

The other recipients included Specialist Gina Chapman, PFC Arthur Milton, SSG Calvin Wilson, and PFC Chareles Warren.

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