Purple Heart - Spc. Lee Sage
Spc. Lee Sage receives his Purple Heart certificate from Maj. Gen. M. Ted Wong, BAMC and SRMC commanding general, at the Warrior and Family Support Center Aug. 3 as his mother, Barbara Sage, looks on.

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Spc. Lee Sage was honored for his bravery and selfless sacrifices during a Purple Heart ceremony at the Warrior and Family Support Center Aug. 3.

Maj. Gen. M. Ted Wong, commanding general of Brooke Army Medical Center and Southern Regional Medical Command, hosted and presented the Purple Heart medal and certificate. He praised Sage for his courage, dedication and sacrifices made to defend our country and freedom.

“We’re not leaving you behind. Maintain your positive attitude and you will get through this,” Wong said.

Sage was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, when he received small arms fire while dismounted on a patrol, resulting in his combat injuries May 8.

“Thank you all for being here today, this is a great honor,” Sage said.

“Wolfhound (his unit), thank you for all the support you’ve given me.”

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.

It is specifically a combat decoration and the oldest military honor in the world in use.

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