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Six years later, Wisconsin soldier gets Purple Heart

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Purple Heart (Reuters)
Purple Heart (Reuters)

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A southern Wisconsin soldier has finally received a Purple Heart award for head injuries he suffered six years ago in Iraq. Army Guard Staff Sergeant Joshua Koch of Sun Prairie was returning from a mission with other members of the 147th Aviation Regiment, when mortar shells blew up around them. Koch received a concussion. The other soldiers were given Purple Heart medals soon after the attack -- but Koch never got his due to an administrative error. That error was fixed last week, and Koch finally got his medal in front of family, friends, and other troops.

Koch thanked his fellow soldiers who helped him obtain his award. Koch said the honor, quote, "means more than I can say in words."

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