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‘Ugly Angel’ Marine presented Purple Heart Medal

Lt. Col. Christopher H. Oliver, the commanding officer of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, pins the Purple Heart Medal on Staff Sgt. Andrew Peterson during a formation outside Hangar 102, Sept. 24. Peterson, a CH-53D Sea Stallion crew chief and maintenance controller for HMH-362, was awarded the medal for a combat wound he sustained in Afghanistan earlier this year. The 30-year-old native of Columbia, S.C., was shot in the back by a 7.62-mm round while conducting an extraction raid in southern Helmand province, March 20. Members of Peterson’s family were also present to witness the formation and honor him with the award.



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This work, ‘Ugly Angel’ Marine presented Purple Heart Medal [Image 2 of 2], by Kristen Wong, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.24.2012

Date Posted:09.28.2012 19:11

Photo ID:674012

VIRIN:120924-M-TH981-003

Resolution:2100x1492

Size:1.94 MB

Location:KANEOHE, HI, USGlobe

Hometown:COLUMBIA, SC, US

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