Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Jarod D. Miller received a Purple Heart Certificate Saturday. Photo courtesy of Joe Richter.

Eagle Point Seabee gets Purple Heart

An Eagle Point sailor injured in January in Afghanistan was awarded a Purple Heart this weekend.

Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Jarod D. Miller was one of two sailors attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 18 from Navy Operational Support Center Springfield who received the award. The other was Builder 1st Class Eric J. Tipler of Pendleton.

The two were injured on Jan. 7 during a convoy mission when their truck was struck by an improvised explosive device and flipped, a Navy news release said.

Both men are Seabees, the construction force of the Navy. Miller joined in 2008 and Tipler enlisted in 2004.

The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in the United States. Created by George Washington during the American Revolution, it was originally called the Badge of Military Merit and given only to Army soldiers. In 1942 the decoration was extended to all services. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan extended the eligibility to service members wounded or killed by international terrorist attacks.

Lt. Cmdr. Richard B. Ray presented the awards Saturday in Springfield.

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