25 Apr '14, 7pm

Marine vet receives equivalent of 2 Purple Hearts in 44 years

Marine vet receives equivalent of 2 Purple Hearts in 44 years

While other Southwest Florida sexagenarians were busy sleeping in hammocks, golfing or watching the sunset, Fort Myers’ Richard Crawford was climbing into mine-resistant military vehicles in the most dangerous part of the world. At 61, the former Fort Myers DEA chief was talked out of retirement to serve as an embedded law enforcement professional in Iraq. After a tour advising the Marines on investigating roadside bombs, Crawford was recruited again in 2010. This time, the military shipped the 64-year-old to Afghanistan. After destroying bombs on a sunny November day, Crawford’s military vehicle was struck by a powerful roadside explosive. The 28,000-pound mine-resistant vehicle flipped in the air, injuring Crawford and the four other Marines. Crawford suffered a broken left eye socket and a gash under his eye. “The bomb was on the side of a paved road so that took some o...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20140425/NEWS/304250066

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