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Updated Jun 7, 2014 - 8:42 am

3 Arizona National Guard soldiers get Purple Hearts

PHOENIX — Three Arizona National Guard soldiers from Phoenix are being
awarded Purple Heart medals for wounds suffered during a 2013 deployment to
Afghanistan.

The National Guard said Pfc. Gino Duran, Spc. Antonio Medrano, and Spc. Leif
Skoog are receiving the medals during a ceremony Saturday at Camp Navajo, a
National Guard installation in Bellemont in northern Arizona.

According to the National Guard, the three soldiers were injured during
separate incidents in September and October when their unit was attacked with
improvised explosive devices.

The three soldiers served a nine-month deployment with the 819th Engineer
Company. The unit’s mission was to clear travel routes by detecting and
eliminating IEDs.

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