FORT HOOD — A dozen soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, received Purple Heart medals Wednesday for injuries sustained during the brigade’s recent deployment to Afghanistan.
Standing in a line on Cooper Field, Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, division commander, pinned the medal on the uniform of each soldier. The 12 soldiers were injured in four incidents.
Sgt. William Schwartz said he was happy to see the battalion’s soldiers able to stand on the field with him in spite of how many dangerous interactions occurred.
“All things considered, we fared a lot better than expected,” he said. “I’m standing next to some good guys.”
Schwartz sustained a traumatic brain injury while on patrol outside of Forward Operating Base Pasab on Feb. 22.
Seven of the other soldiers honored Wednesday were wounded on the same day. The battalion returned from Afghanistan’s Regional Command South in April.
Lt. Col. Matt Kinkead, battalion commander, said he was proud of the soldiers for their dedication to the mission.
“You just kept getting after it,” he said.
For more on the soldiers who received Purple Hearts, read Wednesday’s Fort Hood Herald.