By Jen RodriguezJune 26, 2008
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Five courageous Warriors in Transition were honored June 16 for their bravery at a Purple Heart ceremony held at Brooke Army Medical Center's fourth floor auditorium.
Brig. Gen. James Gilman, commander, Great Plains Regional Medical Command and Brooke Army Medical Center, said the Purple Heart honorees help make BAMC staff better, more complete caregivers.
"The American people expect you to get the care you need, the best possible care," he said. "Taking care of the Warriors in Transition, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen, has made BAMC a better organization."
Gilman said these five warriors and those before them have support and encouragement from the BAMC staff in their healing process.
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Sandoval, Sgt. Philippe Tourville, Spc. Emanuel Sewell, Spc. Edith Restrepo-Correa and Pvt. Perry Warren Jr. were awarded the Purple Heart, an American combat decoration 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.
Sandoval, an infantryman serving with A Company, 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st FORT SAM HOUSTON, Tx --- Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, was injured April 4 in Iraq. Serving as a squad leader, Sandoval was conducting a dismounted patrol to clear a route when he encountered an explosive formed projectile resulting in injuries to his lower left leg.
A truck driver assigned to E Co., 94th Brigade Support Bn., 4th Bde. Combat Team, 10th Mountain Div., Tourville was injured March 4 in Iraq. His convoy was hit by an EFP while on a mission resulting in shrapnel and burn wounds to his body.
An automated logistical specialist, Restrepo-Correa was assigned to A Co., 94th Base Support Bn., 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Div., when he was injured April 28 in Iraq. While performing his duties as a driver, the vehicle encountered a mortar attack resulting in his combat injuries.
Serving in satellite communications, Sewell was assigned to 3-8 Cavalry Regiment, 1/101st Airborne, 1st Armored Div. when he was injured Nov. 14. While on patrol his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device resulting in his combat injuries.
Warren, an indirect fire infantryman, was assigned to 2nd Bn., 327th Infantry, 1/101stt Airborne, 1st Armored Div. when he was injured April 22. During a routine mission, his vehicle was struck by an IED resulting in a shattered left ankle and other combat injuries. The Dallas native also received the Combat Infantryman Badge, which recognizes Soldiers who personally engage the enemy or are engaged by the enemy during combat operation.