• Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal presents Spc. Joshua O'Neil, 23, with the Purple Heart at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Feb. 26, 2013 for injuries he sustained during combat in Afghanistan two weeks earlier.  "This is a great honor to give you this," Westphal told O'Neil. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

    Token of appreciation to a Wounded Warrior

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal presents Spc. Joshua O'Neil, 23, with the Purple Heart at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Feb. 26, 2013 for injuries he sustained during combat in Afghanistan two weeks...

  • Spc. Joshua O'Neil, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas sustained injuries while on mounted patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan Feb. 11, 2013.  Surgeons had to emplace a plate and three screws to repair his broken pelvis.  "I'm good.  I'm feeling a lot better," said O'Neil, who plans to recover as an outpatient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. for the next six months.  Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal presented the gunner with the Purple Heart, Feb. 26.  "It's not something that you want to get," O'Neil said about the medal, "I'm just happy I'm alive to get it." (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

    Token of appreciation to a Wounded Warrior

    Spc. Joshua O'Neil, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas sustained injuries while on mounted patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan Feb. 11, 2013. Surgeons had to emplace a plate and three screws to repair his broken...

  • Spc. Joshua O'Neil, 23, explains to Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal how he sustained injuries in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  Westphal presented O'Neil with the Purple Heart Feb. 26, 2013 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.  An improvised explosive device (IED) hit the truck that the gunner and four others were riding in during a mounted patrol on Feb. 11. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

    Token of appreciation to a Wounded Warrior

    Spc. Joshua O'Neil, 23, explains to Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal how he sustained injuries in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Westphal presented O'Neil with the Purple Heart Feb. 26, 2013 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in...

  • Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal chats with Spc. Joshua O'Neil, 23, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md., on Feb. 26, 2013 after he presented the Soldier with the Purple Heart, one of the nation's most respected military medals.  The gunner sustained injuries while on mounted patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Feb. 11.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

    Token of appreciation to a Wounded Warrior

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal chats with Spc. Joshua O'Neil, 23, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md., on Feb. 26, 2013 after he presented the Soldier with the Purple Heart, one of the nation's most...

  • Spc. Joshua O'Neil, 23, wears the Purple Heart presented to him by Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal (right) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Feb. 26, 2013.  His grandfather Gene Potter (far left), mother Wendy O'Neil, and father Michael O'Neil attended the ceremony for the Annapolis, Md. native.  Michael, a former Army sergeant, said he was "very, very proud," of his son who is back on his feet after he sustained a broken pelvis while on mounted patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Feb. 11.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

    Token of appreciation to a Wounded Warrior

    Spc. Joshua O'Neil, 23, wears the Purple Heart presented to him by Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal (right) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Feb. 26, 2013. His grandfather Gene Potter (far left), mother Wendy O'Neil...

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal presented Spc. Joshua O'Neil, 23, with the Purple Heart at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Feb. 26, 2013 for injuries he sustained during combat in Afghanistan two weeks earlier. "This is a great honor to give you this," Westphal told O'Neil. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

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