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Medals of Honor

January 12th, 2010 at Tue, 12th, 2010 at 12:39 pm by Chad Coleman

0101_Veteran_Medals_1_blogSergeant Kurtis W. Bennett, looks on as son Austin, 2, inspects his father’s  the Purple Heart medal during a presentation ceremony at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle on January 7, 2009. More after the jump…

A pair of local veterans received military decorations last week during a ceremony presented by Sen. Patty Murray in Seattle. Sgt. Kurtis Bennett, formerly of Bellevue, received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained during his second tour with a Stryker regiment in Iraqin 2008. Maj. David Dempster, of Beaux Arts, received the Distinguished Flying Cross in-flight actions during a mission over North Vietnam in 1968.

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Sergeant Kurtis W. Bennett stands at attention during the presentation ceremony as Major David P. Dempster was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Third Oak Leaf Cluster), for Extraordinary Achievement.

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Major David P. Dempster was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Third Oak Leaf Cluster), for Extraordinary Achievement, here showing the SR-71 Blackbird he was in during his 1968 mission.

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Major David P. Dempster, center, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Third Oak Leaf Cluster), for Extraordinary Achievement during a presentation ceremony with Sen. Patty Murray and his family by his side.

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At left: the Purple Heart At Right: the Distinguished Flying Cross (Third Oak Leaf Cluster), for Extraordinary Achievement


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