Keegan Caudill awarded Purple Heart

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By Carolyn Risner

Some days Keegan Caudill feels like he is a 40 or 50-year-old man.

Most days he has a headache that no drugs can alleviate.

Every day he remembers sights, sounds and smells from the most incredible journey of his young life.

In the past six months, the 2005 graduate of Bell High School has experienced enough to fill the lifetime of an ordinary man.

But he is no ordinary man and his experience was nothing short of a miracle.

In February this year, Keegan was wounded in a massive explosion that killed his best friend and left him with injuries both visible and invisible.

Keegan Caudill is a soldier and on April 22, a grateful nation pinned him with his badge of honor-the Purple Heart.

The Beginning

Growing up in Chiefland, young Keegan had a passion for all things military and knew deep within himself, this was his destiny.

"I can only think of one person in my family who didn't serve in the military," he said Tuesday while on leave in Chiefland.

After high school, he tried a semester of college at Santa Fe to appease his mother.

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