New Ulm Soldier Purple Heart 07 Dec 12

A retired Minnesota National Guard soldier from New Ulm is receiving a Purple Heart this weekend, six years after he was wounded in Iraq. Sergeant Jesse Lund is scheduled to receive the award Saturday at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center. Lund was wounded in June 2006 when a bomb exploded near his convoy in Iraq. The blast killed another Minnesota soldier, 19-year-old Sergeant Kyle Miller of Willmar. Both Lund and Miller were members of the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery Regiment out of New Ulm. Lund’s former company commander, Army Major David Hintgen, says he’s happy that Lund is finally receiving his Purple Heart. Lund’s application was reportedly submitted three times before being approved.