Wynne Soldier Awarded Purple Heart for Wounds Sustained in Iraq

JUNE 16, 2004 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CDT

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - A Region 8 man is one of three Arkansans that are among five soldiers from the 39th Infantry Brigade who've been awarded Purple Hearts for wounds sustained during hostile action in Iraq.

The brigade is a unit of the Arkansas National Guard, headquartered at Little Rock, before it was summoned for active duty last fall and deployed to Iraq in February and March.

Specialist George Burton of Wynne is among the Arkansans decorated.  Others include Staff Sergeant Kenneth Jones of Dumas and Specialist Mindale Davis of Magnolia.

All of those who received Purple Hearts yesterday are already back and patrolling the streets of Baghdad.  More than two dozen Purple Hearts have gone to members of the brigade altogether, but most were awarded to soldiers in hospital beds, or after they had died.

Most of those wounded were hit with shrapnel from either a roadside bomb or a mortar round.

Since the 39th's arrival in Iraq, 13 soldiers from the 39th have died, including eight from Arkansas.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)