Capt. E. Markus Trouerbach proudly received the Purple Heart commendation in a ceremony Friday at Grissom Air Reserve Base, as his wife and fellow Marines looked on.
For Trouerbach, 44, the medal has been a long time coming.
According to the Kokomo Tribune, Trouerbach was wounded during a 2008 firefight at Nuristan, Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border. Trouerbach initially refused the commendation.
"I possibly called the officer a bunch of names," Trouerbach recalled, as he recounted being approached shortly after he awoke in a military aid station. "I didn't want it."
Other servicemen weren't as willing to let his record of service go, and when Trouerbach arrived at Grissom to begin his current deployment with the Marine Corps Reserve Detachment 1 Communications Company, he said they found the record of his proposed commendation in his medical records.
In August, his Purple Heart was approved, and Friday, Brig. Gen. Roger Machut, the commanding general of the 4th Marine Corps Logistics Group, was on hand to present the medal to Trouerbach.