April 20, 2007
Reported by Vince Atkinson
The Purple Heart is one of the biggest honors bestowed on members of the U. S. Armed Services. Southwest Louisiana is home to 20 soldiers that just received this prestigious award. This is a group of men that went to the battle field as soldiers and came home heroes.
Ceremonies honoring U. S. Soldiers like the one that took place on Fort Polk Friday are not uncommon, but this one stood out. U.S. Army SPC Nicholas H. Otto said, "It's a great honor to receive it. I was just doing my job." Brig. Gen Daniel Bolger said, "This award, unlike all others, is not bestowed, it is not given, you earn it the hard way, because you earn it in blood." Bolger is talking about the Purple Heart.