Five Fort Carson Soldiers Receive The Purple Heart

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Five Fort Carson soldiers were honored for their service in Iraq Wednesday morning.

The soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division will receive the Purple Heart Medal during a ceremony at Fort Carson's Elkhorn Conference Center. Those honored were Sergeant First Class Christopher Tolle, of 1-68 CAB; Specialist Donald Coddington, of 1-8 INF; Specialist Daniel Watson, of 4-10 CAV; Specialist Brad Griffin, of 4-10 CAV; and Private Timothy Collins, of 4-10 CAV.

Speaking at the ceremony, Major General Guy Swan was visibly choked up as he spoke about the sacrifices soldiers voluntarily make every day to defend our country. Speaking of the 5th anniversary, he asked all of the soldiers in the crowd to raise their hand if they joined the Army after the September 11 attacks. Nearly every soldier raised their hand.

MG Swan told 11 News, " We've been through some difficult times since 9/11 as a nation and yet, to see young people, like the ones we honored today, come forward in a time of war, knowing the risks... it takes a special person."

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces who were wounded in battle by the enemy. It is the oldest medal awarded by the military, beginning its tradition in the Revolutionary War.

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  • by Addy M. Hansen Location: Colorado Springs, CO on Mar 19, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    It is a momentous day in any City in this nation when five national heroes from our great U.S. Army are honored at one time. These five brave and honorable men are a credit to the United States and it is a very proud moment for each and every citizen of this country to be able to say, "Thank you" for your service to our nation and for your unselfish sacrifices in the name of freedom. God Bless you all.
  • by Mel Location: Colorado Springs, CO on Mar 19, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    These men/women should be proud to receive the Purple Hearts. Thank you for serving our country and keeping us safe. We can never Thank You enough.
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