Hawaii sergeant honored in ceremony

| June 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
Sgt. William Carlson (center), 74th EOD Co., 303rd EOD Bn., 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, receives the Purple Heart from Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry (left), commander, 8th TSC, at the Warrior Family Support Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, June 14, as Carlson’s wife, Kelly, looks on.

Sgt. William Carlson (center), 74th EOD Co., 303rd EOD Bn., 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, receives the Purple Heart from Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry (left), commander, 8th TSC, at the Warrior Family Support Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, June 14, as Carlson’s wife, Kelly, looks on.

Story and Photo by
Maria Gallegos
Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — The Brooke Army Medical Center, here, honored a Hawaii warrior during a Purple Heart ceremony, June 14.

Sgt. William Carlson, 74th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 303rd EOD Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, was honored for his bravery and selfless sacrifices, at the Warrior Family Support Center, here.

Col. Noel Cardenas, deputy commander for administration, BAMC, opened the ceremony, followed by Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commander, 8th TSC, who presented Carlson with the Purple Heart.

“Carlson and his family have already proven how strong they are by being here,” Terry said. “I am honored and thankful we are here together (on this day). We are all family.”

Carlson was injured in Afghanistan when he was conducting a dismounted sweep of a house. An improvised explosive device detonated resulting in his combat injuries.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy, or posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. The Purple Heart is specifically a combat decoration and the oldest military honor in the world in use.

 

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