OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Purple Hearts have been awarded to two members of the Oshkosh-based 1157th Transportation Company.
During a ceremony Friday at the Wisconsin Army National Guard's Oshkosh armory, Spc. Lindsay Peterson of Green Bay, and Spc. Chase Crull of Hollandale, were presented the medals.
Days after arriving in Afghanistan in May 2012, Peterson and Crull were injured when a 150 pound IED exploded and flipped their vehicle on its side.
Peterson suffered knee, head, facial, back, and arm injuries as a result of the blast, while Crull suffered face, head, and back injuries of his own.
The Purple Heart is awarded to military service members wounded in combat.
Both soldiers say they were honored to receive the medal, but never sought to be awarded it.
"Right now I feel like it's an award that you don't want. It's an award that nobody expects," said Peterson in a release. "Everyone goes downrange with the expectation that maybe something could happen, but you always think that maybe it's not going to happen to you. And then it does, and you get this award and you feel grateful for all the support and everything, but it's not something that you ever wanted."
The 1157th returned home from Afghanistan in January 2013.