Dalrymple Presents Purple Heart to North Dakota National Guard Sergeant Michael Wing
BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG), in presenting NDNG Sgt. Michael Wing of Surrey with the Purple Heart for Military Merit. Dalrymple and Sprynczynatyk presented Wing with his medal during a ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Minot.
Wing received the medal for combat wounds he received in Iraq while serving with the Company A 141st Engineer Battalion between February 2004 and March 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On September 16, 2004, while on a routine route clearance mission, Sgt. Wing’s convoy came under fire and he was wounded by an improvised explosive device. Though injured, he continued with his mission and did not seek medical treatment until the mission was completed.
“Today is a great day for North Dakota, when one of our military heroes is honored for his meritorious service and valor,” Dalrymple said. “Sgt. Wing put his state and country first by joining the North Dakota National Guard and deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, he put the mission and the lives of others first, demonstrating his willingness to put his life on the line for a greater cause.”
The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who, while serving in that capacity, has been wounded, killed or died as a result of wounds received in action. The medal was first established as the Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington on August 7, 1782, to honor members of the Continental Army for their valor and service during the Revolutionary War.