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Sergeant Derek Hinz received the Purple Heart as a result of wounds he suffered in Iraq. Brigadier General Scott Legwold was on hand for the Saturday ceremony at the New Richmond Armory.

Purple Heart awarded to local soldier

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The certificate reads in part, "The President of the United States of America has awarded the Purple Heart to Specialist Derek D. Hinz, Company B, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry Regiment, for wounds received in action on 29 June 2005 in Iraq."

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It is a long way from the chaos of a pre-dawn ambush on the back roads of Iraq to a ceremony held in front of family and friends on a clear January afternoon at the National Guard Armory in New Richmond. Just ask Sergeant Hinz.

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