SANANTONIO-- Six Army soldiers were awarded the Purple Heart in a ceremony at Brooke Army Medical Center on Tuesday.

The six were being honored for wounds received in combat. The ceremony took place in the Purple Heart Garden at the medical center.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Ashton Carter presented the medals and certificates to the honorees, combat engineers hurt by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan:

Staff Sgt. Jerry Amis of Killeen; Pvt. 1st Class Jamarcus Woods of Little Rock, Ark.; and Private 1st Class Arnold Perez-Guzman of Fredericksburg, Va. They were injured Sept. 3.

Sgt. Juan Vasquez of Houston; Pvt. 1st Class Jeremiah Wright of Port Angeles, Wash.; and Private 1st Class Dakota Cowart of Gainesville, Fla. They were injured Aug. 26.

The Purple Heart is an American decoration awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are hurt by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy.

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