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Pulford's platoon patrols in the mountains of Afghanistan in the early morning hours of a hot day in July. Pulford took this picture at about 6:30 a.m., he said, and it was already about 80 degrees outside. Temperatures would reach into the 120s on some days. Submitted photo

Perham grad earns Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan

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Jeffrey Pulford was just 17 years old when he joined the Army.

A junior at Perham High School, he already knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.


He joined the service, he said, because “I remember when the towers were hit, and I’ve always had that feeling of serving and protecting. I like being out in the front. I like being a leader. And I like helping others in a way that not everyone does.”

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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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