Two weeks after South Bend's Company B returns from Iraq, a local marine is awarded the Purple Heart.
It is an award no marine wants to receive, but an honor to get if standing on your own two feet.
The Purple Heart for bravery was awarded Thursday to Lance Corporal Bo Kurtz of South Bend's Company B.
His platoon was attacked last October in Baghdad, leaving him with a concussion and blown ear drum.
The award is given to those who are hurt in battle.
Kurtz said, “I'm excited, I honored to have the purple heart awarded to me I never thought I’d get one going over there but it is an honor.”
A receiving line of more than a hundred of Kurtz's comrades congratulated the marine who returned from Iraq only a couple weeks ago.
His family, armed with cameras, showered him with hugs and support.
His wife Danielle is overjoyed to see her new husband again.
She said, “It was like an adrenaline rush somebody that you have not seen for a while but we just got married august 8th so haven't really been spending time with him lately.”
Kurtz middle name is not courage, but those who know him say it should be.
“Unbelievably brave under fire just pure courage, his family has a tremendous amount to be proud of,” said Mark Boone, company commander.
Platoon Sgt. John Kroll said, “If there was something crazy that was going to go on, if there was someone that was going to go out there and do something you absolutely never expect no one would have the courage to do, it would be something that Bo Kurtz did.”
Now that his current tour of duty is over, Lance Corporal Kurtz is heading back to his civilian job at a collision and bodywork repair shop.
As for what the future holds.
Kurtz said, “I do have like three and a half years left so if the company goes over I’m going with them, yes.”
Since Company B returned, Corporal Kurtz is the second marine to receive a Purple Heart.
Corporal Marvin Heimann was honored last month.
In all, four Company B marines will receive Purple Hearts.