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Alaska: Soldiers replace Kansas woman's Purple Heart, flag damaged in propane explosion

by Kris Capps/For the News-Miner 
Mar 04, 2012
Members of the 213th Space Warning Squadron hold the new American flag that was sent to Annette Cook, a childhood friend of Alaska Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Ricky Ramos, to replace the flag damaged in an explosion that destroyed Cook’s Butler County, Kan., home. Pictured back row, left to right: Staff Sgt. Joseph Brokus, Staff Sgt. William Stead, Tech. Sgt. Christoph Albritton and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Drake. Middle row, left to right: Staff Sgt. Matthew Powell, Staff Sgt. Thomas Elliott and Staff Sgt. Robert Ives. Front row, left to right: Tech. Sgt. Ricky Ramos and Senior Airman Justin Smith.
Members of the 213th Space Warning Squadron hold the new American flag that was sent to Annette Cook, a childhood friend of Alaska Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Ricky Ramos, to replace the flag damaged in an explosion that destroyed Cook’s Butler County, Kan., home. Pictured back row, left to right: Staff Sgt. Joseph Brokus, Staff Sgt. William Stead, Tech. Sgt. Christoph Albritton and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Drake. Middle row, left to right: Staff Sgt. Matthew Powell, Staff Sgt. Thomas Elliott and Staff Sgt. Robert Ives. Front row, left to right: Tech. Sgt. Ricky Ramos and Senior Airman Justin Smith.


FAIRBANKS — The photograph on Facebook of a charred Purple Heart medal and badly burned American flag spurred a small team of soldiers from Clear Air Force Station, near Anderson, to take action and help someone more than 3,000 miles away.


Tech Sgt. Ricky Ramos found the picture on Facebook that day in August 2011, posted by a former elementary school classmate in Kansas.


The story behind the photo was terrifying in its randomness.


A propane facility in Butler County, Kan., had exploded, sending 100-pound propane tanks flying into the air.


When it was all over, one person died and..... http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/17736626/article-Soldiers-replace-Kansas-woman-s-Purple-Heart--flag-damaged-in-propane-explosion