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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, March 17, 2011 - An Army staff sergeant who was wounded twice in combat during the Iraq War received his second Purple Heart award during a ceremony at the Maj. John P. Pryor Army Reserve Center here.

Staff Sgt. Shawn D. Carter received his award from Maj. Gen. William D. Razz Waff, commanding general of the 99th Regional Support Command, in front of a standing-room-only crowd gathered to celebrate Carter's award and retirement from military service.

"This is just a great opportunity for us to honor one of our outstanding Soldiers," said Waff, "both recognizing his second award of the Purple Heart - our nation's oldest military decoration - and also his retirement."

Carter deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom for the first time in 2003 as a Weapons Intelligence Analyst, and again in 2006 as a Weapons Intelligence Team Leader under the 4th Infantry Division with the 710th EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and 763rd EOD.

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