first published on November 7, 2019 by Will
Five Marines have been awarded Purple Hearts for being wounded in a Taliban rocket attack last month at Bost Airfield near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
According to a Taliban press release of the incident, they launched “60 missiles” (rockets) and claimed to have killed and wounded tens of Americans and Afghan security forces during the Oct. 22, 2019 attack. The Defense Department has not confirmed or denied any further casualties to substantiate the Taliban claims.
A report by the Marine Corps Times identified the Marines as four serving on active duty and one activated reservist. The wounded were MEDEVAC’d to Kandahar, but it isn’t clear if they were eventually cleared for duty or redeployed.
The Purple Heart is America’s oldest combat award that is still being awarded to troops, although it was initially a valor award. It wasn’t until 1944 that the Purple Heart became an award for those wounded or killed in enemy action.