A Marine with a small task force of advisers in Helmand, Afghanistan, was awarded the Purple Heart on Sept. 9 after being shot in the head during an operation in Sangin, according to Lt. Kathleen Kochert, a spokeswoman with Task Force Southwest.
The awarding of the Purple Heart is the first for Task Force Southwest, which is currently in its second iteration to the volatile province since the Corps left the region in 2014.
The Marine was shot in the head in August while conducting an advisory mission with 2nd Brigade of the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps at Forward Operating Base Nolay in Sangin.
The New York Times had reported that the bullet “glanced off” the Marine’s helmet. The injured Marine quickly returned to full duty with Task Force Southwest following his injury.