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Devils Lake Guardsman, a Forest River native, receives belated Purple Heart

Published 03/18/2012, Grand Forks Herald

It took a while, but Staff Sgt. Heith Dokken finally was awarded the Purple Heart he earned nearly nine years ago. On Saturday at Camp Grafton just south of Devils Lake, the 21-year military veteran who grew up in Forest River, N.D., was presented the nation’s oldest military medal for wounds he suffered July 1, 2003, near Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

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