Six Soldiers Awarded Purple Heart Medals in Arcadia

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Six current and former members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard were presented Purple Heart medals in Arcadia on Sunday.

Retired Sergeant first class David Peterson, retired Sergeant first class Darrin Behne, Specialist Brandon Macha, Specialist Gregory Kenworth, Sergeant Christopher Zifko and Sergeant David Dunn all received Purple Heart medals for combat injuries suffered in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lieutenant Colonel David Monk, Commander of the First battalion, 128th infantry presented the medals at the National Guard Armory and says he's glad these men are being recognized.

"When they put themselves in harms way and actually get wounded it's great to be able to honor them and I hope that the rest of the American public understands the sacrifices they make for this country," Monk said.

Sixteen members, out of 130 in the company have received the Purple Heart.

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