Four Soldiers honored with Purple Hearts at WFSC
Story by Maria Gallegos, BAMC Public Affairs
Published October 24, 2011
Photo by Maria Gallegos
(From left) Pfc. Spencer. R. Yand, Spec. Christian C. Young, Sgt. Christopher T. Sprague and Pfc. Justin L. Strickland, also received the Combat Infantry Badge, received their Purple Heart medal and certificate from Maj. Gen. M. Ted Wong, commander of Brooke Army Medical Center and Southern Regional Medical Command at the Warrior and Family Support Center, Oct 24. Command Sgt. Maj. Marshall Huffman, Command Sergeant Major of BAMC and SRMC is also pictured.
Four Wounded Warriors were honored for their bravery and selfless sacrifices during the Purple Heart ceremony Oct. 24 at the Warrior and Family Support Center.
Maj. Gen. M. Ted Wong, commander of Brooke Army Medical Center and Southern Regional Medical Center hosted and presented the Purple Heart medals and certificates. He welcomed the Purple Heart recipients with words of praise for their courage, dedication and sacrifices they made to defend our country for our freedom.
Sgt. Christopher T. Sprague was assigned to the 572nd Mobility Augmentation Company, 8th Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, serving as a combat engineer in Afghanistan, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting a route clearance patrol resulting in his combat injuries Sept. 2.
Spec. Christian C. Young, an Infantryman, was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division when he received his combat injuries while conducting operations in Afghanistan when the Command Observation Post received indirect fire Sept 25.
Pfc. Justin L. Strickland was assigned to the 805th Military Police Company, 2-10th Military Police Command, serving as a military policeman in Iraq when his vehicle was struck by an improved explosive device, resulting in her combat injuries July 15.
Pfc. Spencer R. Yand, an Infantryman, was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, when he received small arms fire and encountered an improvised explosive device while on a dismounted patrol, resulting in his combat injuries on Feb 28.
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration and the oldest military honor in the world in use.