Soldiers awarded Purple Hearts
Spc. Justin Weeks, Sgt. Joseph Daniels recognized for combat operations in Afghanistan
Two Carroll area soldiers were awarded Purple Hearts Saturday for concussions they suffered in rocket-propelled grenade attacks in Afghanistan in April 2011.
Maj. Gen. Tim Orr (left), adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard; presents a Purple Heart to Spc. Justin Weeks (right).
Sgt. Joseph W. Daniels, 29, of Carroll, and Spc. Justin D. Weeks, 25, of Manning, were injured in combat in the Paktiya province on April 25 when they were attacked with multiple grenades, according to Iowa Army National Guard officials.
The province is in eastern Afghanistan and borders Pakistan.
The soldiers serve in Carroll’s Guard Company A, First Battalion, 168th Infantry and were deployed with about 2,900 soldiers as part of the Second Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.
They arrived in Afghanistan in November 2010 and returned to Iowa in July 2011.
Daniels and Weeks received the Purple Hearts Saturday at Camp Dodge in Johnston.
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