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Three Marines with SPMAGTF-CR-CC earn Purple Hearts

By Courtesy Story, 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade

Cpl. Tyler A. Frazier, a mortar Marine with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, is awarded the Purple Heart Medal by Lt. Col. Steven M. Ford, commanding officer, 3/7 at Victory Field aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 7, 2018. Frazier was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Syria while 3/7 was deployed with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command.
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Cpl. Tyler A. Frazier, a mortar Marine with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, is awarded the Purple Heart Medal by Lt. Col. Steven M. Ford, commanding officer, 3/7 at Victory Field aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 7, 2018. Frazier was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Syria while 3/7 was deployed with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. William Thurber (right), the sergeant major of Marine Corps Forces Central Command, holds the Purple Heart citation for Cpl. Brendon Hendrickson (left), an anti-tank missile Marine with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, Oct. 22, 2018. Hendrickson received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in Syria while deployed in support of operations for SPMAGTF-CR-CC.
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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. William Thurber (right), the sergeant major of Marine Corps Forces Central Command, holds the Purple Heart citation for Cpl. Brendon Hendrickson (left), an anti-tank missile Marine with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, Oct. 22, 2018. Hendrickson received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in Syria while deployed in support of operations for SPMAGTF-CR-CC.
Cpl. Tyler A. Frazier, a mortar Marine with 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, who recently returned to Twentynine Palms following a deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal by Lt. Col. Steven M. Ford on November 7, 2018. 

All three Marines received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in Syria, while attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, operating in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria, during the month of October. Each Marine has since fully recovered and returned to full duty status. Cpl. Rousseau and Cpl. Hendrickson both returned to Syria to rejoin their units. Cpl Frazier redeployed back to the United States with 3d Battalion, 7th Marines. 

Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command is a regional reaction force, prepared to deploy a variety of capabilities across the Middle East. It serves as a force provider and crisis response unit for Central Command, supporting multiple operations aimed at long-term regional stability.