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Published May 11, 2011, 05:01 PM

Bismarck National Guard Soldier to Receive NATO Medal

A member of the North Dakota National Guard will receive a Meritorious Service Medal from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

By: Associated Press,

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — A member of the North Dakota National Guard will receive a Meritorious Service Medal from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The Guard said Sgt. Samuel Hemphill is being honored for his role in coming to the aid of an injured civilian while he was serving in Kosovo in December 2009.

Hemphill, of Bismarck, has served in the Army National Guard for 14 years. The award will be presented Saturday in Valley City.

Guard officials said it's the first time a North Dakota Guardsman has received the award, which it said goes annually to fewer than 50 military and civilians from NATO countries.

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