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Hero Honored at Ft Sam Houston

By Johnny Shannon and Bill O'Neil

As we celebrate our nation's independence this week--a wounded warrior is honored with not one--but two Purple Hearts. 

Critically injured by improvised explosive devices twice over the course of a three week period while serving in Afghanistan--Army Specialist Matthew Spang was honored during a special ceremony held at Fort Sam Houston. 

"They've been looking--but there's no recollection by anybody that we've done this since 9/11--so it's xtremely rare" said Lieutenant General William Caldwell on the double Purple Heart award. 

"This young man--to be wounded as he was in November of 2011 --and literally three weeks later significant wounds where he lost both of his legs--amputated below the knee--speaks quite a bit about his perserverance and his commitment to the mission in Afghanistan" the General said.  

As for Spang--the award is a big honor.

"Fourth of July--we usually have all of the family memebrs over--we have a big party. Family means a lot to me--as long as we get together--it means a lot" Spang said, adding his heroism has taken a toll.  

"Memory problems, and sometimes it's hard for me to fall asleep--other than the amputations" Spang said. 

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