The Saratoga Sun -

By Liz Wood 

Iraqi war veteran to receive Purple Heart


Robert James, of Gillette, will be awarded the Purple Heart at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Khe Sanh West Park in Saratoga. Robert is the son of Jesse James, of Encampment.

“It’s dad’s doing,” Robert said. “He pushed me to make sure I got it.”

Robert was injured when an IED (improvised explosive device) blew up his convoy in 2007. Robert was driving the lead gun truck in a convoy security. “Where I went,(the convoy) went,” Robert said, “Whether they liked it or not.”

Robert said he doesn’t like to talk about the incident. He chose to have the ceremony done in the Platte Vall...

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