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Published March 15, 2012, 03:34 PM

ND Guard staff sergeant to receive Purple Heart

CAMP GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota National Guard staff sergeant will be honored with a Purple Heart on Saturday morning for wounds received during combat action in Iraq in 2003.

CAMP GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota National Guard staff sergeant will be honored with a Purple Heart on Saturday morning for wounds received during combat action in Iraq in 2003.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk (sprihn-suh-NAT'-ik) will present Staff Sgt. Heith Dokken with the award at Camp Grafton near Devils Lake.

Dokken estimates that he's been to 54 countries including wartime tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during his 21 years of military service with the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Navy Reserve and the North Dakota National Guard.

He served as a medic during Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company from 2003 through 2004.

The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who was wounded, killed or died from wounds from military action.

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