Pine Ridge Marine receives Purple Heart

PINE RIDGE-It takes a special kind of person to continuously volunteer to place themselves in harm's way. To willingly travel into hostile territory knowing all the dangers takes someone who cares more about freedom around the world than the average American.

Luckily, Myron Tapio is anything but average. That's because Tapio is a Marine. He is a part of the smallest, yet "the best," branch of the United States Military, according to many. Tapio is not your ordinary Marine either; he was recently the recipient of the Purple Heart, after being struck by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device).