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Lexington High School Graduate Receives Purple Heart

Story By: Brian Skowronski

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  Original Published: 3/26/2014

On August 11, 2013, Sergeant Johnathan Gould, a motor transportation mechanic with the Marine Corp, struck an improvised explosive device inside an AMK-36 wrecker in Afghanistan that caused traumatic brain damage to him and three others in the vehicle.

The 2009 Lexington High School graduate was later awarded a Purple Heart for the wounds he suffered on March 11 of this year.

Gould says he has recovered for the most part from the injuries and even enlisted for four additional years just two months after the accident.

He is currently stationed at a Marine Corps Base Camp in Lejune, North Carolina with wife Savannah and 2-year-old son Benjamin.

Gould says earning a Purple Heart is "different". Not anything he would consider an accomplishment, but certainly something to be proud of.

   
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