Medford Marine Awarded Purple Heart

By: Bao Vang Email
By: Bao Vang Email

Top military officials awarded 20-year-old Lance Corporal Isaac "Ike" Blunt the purple heart last week. He was surrounded by his family.

NewsChannel 7's Bao Vang spoke to him and his family Thursday. Ike's father, mother and wife all say they couldn't be more proud of the sacrifices he made for his fellow marines and for our country.

Last month, while on patrol in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan, he shoved a fellow marine out of the way so that he could take the blast of an IED himself. That man survived.

Blunt received serious injuries including losing parts of both of his legs, three fingers and a thumb.

For his bravery, blunt was honored with the purple heart. He tells us the ceremony was bittersweet because "of getting injured and leaving my brothers out there and it's one last man, one less marine to help,"

Blunt says he's underwent so many surgeries, he lost count. He's averaging three a week. Soon, he'll be fitted for a prosthetic eye and then legs.

Donations to the Blunt Family are being taken at:

Schierl Tire & Service
Tire Centers
1002 S 8th St
Medford, WI 54451

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