Sgt. Jesse Lund, a retired soldier from the Minnesota National Guard, was awarded a purple heart for his service in Iraq during ceremonies at Brooklyn Park Community Center. Lund's son Ethan Lund, 4, congratulated his dad with a high-five after Jesse Lund was awarded the purple heart. (MARLIN LEVISON/STARTRIBUNE(

Marlin Levison, Star Tribune

Six years later, Purple Heart is awarded to retired Guardsman

  • December 8, 2012 - 6:04 PM

Sgt. Jesse Lund, a retired Minnesota National Guard soldier from New Ulm, was awarded the Purple Heart on Saturday at the Brooklyn Park Community Center.  Ethan, 4, congratulated his dad with a high-five.

Lund was wounded in Iraq in June 2006 when a bomb exploded near his convoy, killing Sgt. Kyle Miller of Willmar 


A Minnesota National Guard spokesman says Lund's application was submitted three times and approved on the third try.

Lund and Miller were members of the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery Regiment out of New Ulm.




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