A Boswell Marine who remains hospitalized after suffering serious injuries in Afghanistan has been awarded the Purple Heart.

Lance Cpl. Christopher Gisbrecht received the medal this week at his bedside at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the 2nd Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., confirmed Friday. The medal was presented by Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway.

Gisbrecht, 21, was injured Sept. 3 when a member of his unit stepped on an IED – an improvised explosive device. The Marines were patrolling in southern Afghanistan when the incident occurred.

According to media reports, three other servicemen with Gisbrecht were killed and another hurt in the explosion.

Those who died are Lance Cpl. Christopher Baltazar Jr. of San Antonio, Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin Castiglione of Howell, Mich., and Lance Cpl. Christopher Fowlker of South Carolina.

Gisbrecht is a graduate of North Star High School and entered the Marines immediately upon graduation, his father, Donald Gisbrecht, has said. He was on the football, baseball and wrestling squads.

Gisbrecht was flown to Germany after suffering his wounds, then later transferred to Walter Reed.

The father has said his son had served one tour of duty in Iraq before joining forces in Afghanistan on June 11.

Neither Donald Gisbrecht nor the Marine’s mother, Brooke McCombie of Hooversville, could immediately be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

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