Jan 2, 2005

CAMP HURRICANE POINT Ar Ramadi, Iraq (Aug. 3, 2005) - Joseph P. Nagel, a machine gunner with 4th Platoon, Company W, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, was combat meritoriously promoted to the rank of corporal and received two Purple Hearts during a ceremony here Aug. 2. The 22-year-old from Dousman, Wis., was wounded June 15 and July 1 while conducting security and stability operations with his fellow Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. An enemy bullet hit Nagel in the left forearm and shrapnel from an improvised explosive caught him in the left hand. He was riding in the turret of a humvee manning a MK-19 Grenade Launcher during both close calls, which resulted in minor injuries. Nagel is two-time veteran of the fighting in Iraq. He was with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines last year for OIF II, fought in Fallujah and made it out unscathed. Photo by: Cpl. Tom Sloan

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