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Purvis soldier gets Purple Heart for Afghanistan wounds

Sgt. Norman Whiddon, II (right), receives the Military Order of the Purple Heart from Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, Mississippi's adjutant general, Saturday. Sgt. Norman Whiddon, II (right), receives the Military Order of the Purple Heart from Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, Mississippi's adjutant general, Saturday.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

A retired Mississippi National Guard soldier who was wounded while serving in Afghanistan two years ago has been recognized by the Army for his sacrifice. 

Sgt. Norman Whiddon, II, of Purvis, was awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart in a brief ceremony at Camp Shelby Saturday. 

Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, Mississippi's adjutant general, presented the medal to Whiddon. 

Whiddon, 35, was operating excavation equipment in Afghanistan in August of 2012 as a member of the 857th Engineer Company when he was wounded by two land mines.  He suffered head injuries and retired from the National Guard. 

Prior to his service in Afghanistan, Whiddon was also deployed to Iraq in 2003-04. 

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