WASHINGTON, IND. (WTHI) - After a long wait a Wabash Valley man is finally awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle in Iraq.
Bradley Ausbrook was a Sergeant in the Indiana National Guard's 151 when he sustained a concussion after a improvised explosive device went off near his vehicle.
The former soldier was honored in his hometown for his sacrifice almost 5 years ago.
A crowd gathered at the Daviess County Courthouse Plaza to honor a hometown hero.
With military pomp and ceremony a Purple Heart was finally awarded to Bradley Ausbrook after he was wounded in action in Iraq in 2008.
"I came back early, and so it took awhile and then the paperwork got shuffled," explained Ausbrook.
Family and Indiana National Guard members wouldn't let that shuffled paperwork rest and they finally managed to get everything in line for the former Sergeant to receive his medal.
Sergeant Ausbrook was part of the 151 that was sent to Iraq and while that unit suffered no fatalities during their deployment, like him, some of them did get injured.
"They sign up knowing they will likely go to war, and the possibilities of injury or death, so for this unit the great deal was they all came home, although some came home banged up a bit," said General Joseph L. Culver--who presented the medal.
The concussion he suffered in the attack still affects him, but the long awaited medal is an honor he is glad to have.
"It's kind of surreal," said Ausbrook. "I did what I had to do. It's humbling kind of, but its an honor also."
A deserved honor that he finally received.
Now that the paperwork from long ago has caught up with the deeds of the former soldier.
Ausbrook spent 10 years in the Marines before joining the National Guard, where he did multiple tours of duty in Iraq.
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