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U. S. Soldiers in Afghanistan Awarded Purple Heart - 2002-03-16


Eight U-S soldiers have been awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds during combat in eastern Afghanistan.

The medals were presented Saturday to 10th Mountain Division troops, during a ceremony at Bagram Air Base north of Kabul.

Major General F-L Hagenbeck, the joint task force commander in Afghanistan, presented the medals. General Hagenbeck praised the medal winners for their efforts against al-Qaida and Taleban forces in a 16-hour firefight two weeks ago in eastern Afghanistan.

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