Sgt. Matthew W. Eckerson, Company C, 1st Battalion, Warrior Transition Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, shakes the hand of a fellow Soldier following Erickson's Purple Heart cermony March 24. The 24-year-old was wounded April 24, 2004, when an IED hit his M1A2 tank in Sadr City, Iraq.
His unit, 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division is credited with killing more than 700 insurgents from March 2004-April 2005. (Photo by Gloria Montgomery, WTB Public Affairs)