ROCHESTER, N.Y. (NNS) -- Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Lucas Kruse was awarded the Purple Heart June 19 for wounds received in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Kruse, a native of Minnesota, now resides in Rochester where he received the award during a change of command ceremony at Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center Rochester.
Lucas makes light of the wounds which he got while clearing a house of enemy operatives while serving with the Second Battalion, 23rd Marines.
"All of a sudden, there was a blast, the ground shook, dust everywhere, and I found myself lying on the ground with ears ringing. I felt a throbbing pain in my knee and what seemed to be bee stings in my calf, right hip, and right shoulder."
Kruse's wounds were not life threatening.
"It put a lot of things in perspective for me," said Kruse.
"I've always been proud of what I was a part of and will never forget the men I was with for those six months," concluded Kruse.
The U.S. Marine Corps does not have its own medics. Marine medical support has always been drawn from the Navy's ranks. Naval and Marine Corps Rochester has sent three of its medics overseas to serve with the Marines.
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