Purple Heart Recipients
as they appear on the
Star Metro Bus
Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Foggy: U.S. Army
1966-1992. LTC Foggy was awarded Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster
for his injuries sustained during the Vietnam War. Lt. Dennis Foggy
enlisted in the United States Army in July 1966. During
his tour of duty in Vietnam he was wounded by shrapnel and nominated for valor.
Then he was wounded a second time and
was once again nominated for valor. He wears the Purple Heart with one Oak
Leaf Cluster. LTC Foggy served in many capacities before retiring from the
Army in September 1992 at Hulbert Field, Florida.
Colonel Washington J. Sanchez, Jr.: U.S. Army 1964-1991.
Colonel Sanchez was awarded Purple Heart during his service in
the Vietnam War. He was commissioned in the Army through FAMU’s ROTC
Program. The majority of his 27-plus years
were served in the Field Artillery as a troop commander from company to brigade
levels. In November 1965 he was wounded while serving as a Forward Observer
Airborne/Airmobile Company of the First Cavalry Division. Some of his non-troop
assignments included working in Intelligence, Research and Development. He
retired from the Army in 1991.
Corporal Jason Shawn Hewitt: U.S. Marine
Corps 1992-1994; National Guard 2005-Present. Corporal Hewitt was awarded
the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Afghanistan and Iraq when his vehicle
was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. He joined the Marine Corps
following high school graduation. Following his discharge after 4 years he
served as a Deputy Sheriff for almost 10 years. After 9/11 he joined the
GAR NG, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1-121st Infantry and served
a tour in Iraq from 2005-2006.
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Holland: U.S. Army
1965-1989. LTC Holland was awarded Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster
for mortar and grenade fragment wounds during the Vietnam War. Early in
the Battle of Bong Trang, LTC Holland was wounded by Viet Cong mortar fire while
leading an assault on a trench line. He remained with his platoon despite his
wound. For six
hours the company fought alone while taking heavy casualties. Sixty five
soldiers were wounded and thirteen were killed in action. LTC Holland was
wounded a second time in Vietnam by grenade fragments. LTC Holland retired
from the Army in 1989.
Staff Sergeant William Curtis Smith: U.S.
Army 1943-1945. SSGT Smith was awarded the Purple Heart with Clusters for
loss of hearing in his left ear, a broken left arm and severe head concussion
inflicted from a rocket attack in Italy. He enlisted in the
U.S. Army at Camp Blanding, Florida in 1943. In November 1944 a rocket
attack demolished the building where he was positioned, leaving him with a
hearing deficit in his left ear, a broken left arm and a severe head concussion.
valiant career continued as he received the Combat Infantry Badge and four
Battle Stars for invasions in Africa, Sicily, Salarno and Anzio.
Corporal Adam Twomey: U.S. Marine Corps 2007-2011. Corporal
Twomey was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained
in Afghanistan. He joined the Marine Corps in May 2007 and was wounded in
April 2010. Corporal Twomey was honorably discharged in May 2011. He
presently attends Florida State University where he is majoring in Accounting.
Private Jose Alicea-Ortiz: US Army
1951-1954. Private Alicea-Ortiz was awarded Purple the Heart for shell
fragments in both
legs sustained during the Korean War. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on
November 5, 1951. While on a reconnaissance
patrol in November 1952 his patrol was attacked by the enemy with heavy
artillery. Private Ortiz was seriously wounded. He was honorably
discharged on September 30, 1954.
Hospitalman 1st Class Michael Wayne Ford:
U.S. Navy Active Duty 1965-1970; US Naval Reserve 1970-1987. HM2 Ford, at
the time, was awarded the Purple Heart with two Gold Stars for two separate
mortar wounds and a landmine wound from March to June 1968. He is credited
with treating and/or evacuating more than 7,000 wounded Marines and Naval
Personnel. He retired from the Navy following 22 of years as a Chief Hospital
Radioman 3rd Class H. Bruce McIver: U.S. Navy
1967-1973. RM3 McIver was awarded three Purple Hearts for injuries
sustained during his tour of duty in Vietnam. When wounded the first time Patriot
McIver earned the Silver Star Medal for saving the life of a Hospital Corpsman
who was critically wounded by rocket shrapnel. His heroic included putting
out a fire when the rocket ignited combustible material on his Navy Riverine
craft. He later received the Bronze Star Medal w/V, Navy Commendation
Medal w/V and Navy Achievement Medal w/V for additional heroic service.
RM3 McIver wears the Purple Heart Medal w/2 Gold Stars.
He was discharged from Naval service on November 10, 1973.
Master Sergeant David B. Greene: US Army
1950-1966. MSGT Greene was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds during the
Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950 while
living in Detroit, Illinois. After attending training at Fort Campbell,
Kentucky, Greene was assigned to K Company, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry
Division in Korea where
he was wounded the first time. MSGT Greene was then wounded again in
Vietnam. He wears the Purple Heart Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
MSGT Greene spent a total of 26 years in the U.S. Army.
Major John L. Haynes: U.S. Marines
1945-1975. Major Haynes was awarded the Purple Heart as an enlisted man
during the Vietnam War. He was decorated with the Silver Star Medal during
his tour of duty. Major Haynes served in the Infantry as a
Combat Engineer and as a Master Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Technician.
During his 30 years of service he held every enlisted ranks from Private to
First Sergeant; Warrant Officer ranks from W-1 to W- 4 and officer ranks from
2nd Lieutenant to Major.
Hospitalman 2nd Class Jack Madden: U.S. Navy
1951-1955. HM2 Madden was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries inflicted
from a mine explosion in South Korea. In March 1951 he joined the regular
Navy and Corpsman School at Great Lakes as a result of his pre-service medical
education. On May 24, 1952, HM2 Madden was sent on a patrol with “Easy”
Company. On his way to provide medical aid to a wounded 2nd Lieutenant a
mine exploded injuring him. He was rescued by a fellow marine. HM2
Madden was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1955.
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