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February 13, 2009
Salem resident awarded a Purple Heart and The Bronze Star Medal
 
Oregon National Guard Capt. Dominic P. Oto received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in battle and The Bronze Star Medal in a ceremony Thursday Feb. 12 at Joint Force Headquarters in Salem, Ore.

On Sept. 20, 2008, insurgents attacked a six vehicle convoy of U.S. and Afghan soldiers going from Forward Operating Base Tombstone to Kandahar Air Field. The ambush included a 500-pound Improvised Explosive Device that struck the lead vehicle as Oto drove. The blast sent his vehicle 20 feet in the air, causing it to land on its roof and skid to a halt.

Oto served on the Embedded Training Team training the Afghan Army. He returned from the year-long deployment in December.

Oregon's Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees pinned Oto with both medals during the ceremony.

Oto's hometown is Salem, Ore.

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090212-F-6642T-001: Capt. Dominic P. Oto stands at attention during a ceremony where he was awarded the Purple Heart and The Bronze Star Medal, Thursday Feb. 12, 2009 at Joint Force Headquarters in Salem, Ore.