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SP4 Donald Ward Evans, Jr.SP4 Donald Ward Evans, Jr.
23 years old from Covina, California
Company A, 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
January 27, 1967
U.S. Army

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Donald Ward Evans, Jr. (ASN: 56413728), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company A, 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Tri Tam, Republic of Vietnam, on 27 January 1967. Specialist Fourth Class Evans left his position of relative safety with his platoon which had not yet been committed to the battle to answer the calls for medical aid from the wounded men of another platoon which was heavily engaged with the enemy force. Dashing across 100 meters of open area through a withering hail of enemy fire and exploding grenades, he administered lifesaving treatment to one individual and continued to expose himself to the deadly enemy fire as he moved to treat each of the other wounded men and to offer them encouragement. Realizing that the wounds of one man required immediate attention, Specialist Fourth Class Evans dragged the injured soldier back across the dangerous fire-swept area, to a secure position from which he could be further evacuated. Miraculously escaping the enemy fusillade, Specialist Fourth Class Evans returned to the forward location. As he continued the treatment of the wounded, he was struck by fragments from an enemy grenade. Despite his serious and painful injury he succeeded in evacuating another wounded comrade, rejoined his platoon as it was committed to battle and was soon treating other wounded soldiers. As he evacuated another wounded man across the fire covered field, he was severely wounded. Continuing to refuse medical attention and ignoring advice to remain behind, he managed with his waning strength to move yet another wounded comrade across the dangerous open area to safety. Disregarding his painful wounds and seriously weakened from profuse bleeding, he continued his lifesaving medical aid and was killed while treating another wounded comrade. Specialist Fourth Class Evan’s extraordinary valor, dedication and indomitable spirit saved the lives of several of his fellow soldiers, served as an inspiration to the men of his company, were instrumental in the success of their mission, and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

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Packers To Honor Soldier Before Playoff Game

Thanks to Operation Fan Mail, a soldier injured in Afghanistan will be honored before the Packers NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday.

It’s the second time U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Haley will see the Green Bay Packers play in person, but Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field will bring a whole new level of excitement.

Haley, 22, of San Antonio, will be honored before Sunday’s divisional playoff game between the Packers and New York Giants, as part of Operation Fan Mail. The partnership between the Packers and WPS Health Insurance recognizes military families at each Packers home game.

“It’s hard to say,” Haley said of how he feels about his trip to Green Bay. “It’s sort of surreal. It’s not something you’d ever think would happen.”

Haley was injured Sept. 28 in Afghanistan when a bomb went off while he was helping a fellow soldier. The explosion resulted in the loss of Haley’s right leg and damaged his left leg and arm. He also received numerous shrapnel wounds. He since has been treated at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

Kudos to the Packers.  An already high level of energy among the fans is sure to increase tenfold as a result of honoring this true American hero.

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Spc. Joseph A. GravesSpc. Joseph A. Graves
21 years old from Discovery Bay, California
110th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade
July 26, 2006
U.S. Army
Spc. Joseph Graves’s dream was to work for the FBI and he saw that joining the Military was a way to help me do that. Joseph Graves enlisted in the Army at 17 and surprised his family when he went to jump school soon afterwards. “This was a kid I could hardly get to ski down a ski slope, because it was too intimidating,” said his father, Kevin. “And now he’s jumping out of airplanes.” Spc. Graves was the lone casualty when his convoy was attacked by insurgents near Baghdad on July 26, 2006.

You can read more about Spc. Graves here

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Wreaths Across America has been profiled before and it will probably be profiled again because they are a great organization. For 20 years they have have laid Christmas wreaths on the headstones of our fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. And this year, for their 20th year, their goal is to lay a wreath on every headstone, all 220,000, and they need our help. Head over to Help Wreaths Across America Cover Arlington and there you can find information on how you can do that. Whether it’s via a donation or just getting the word out, anything we can do helps.
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