Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Special Mission: Wounded Warrior PFC MCConnell

We need your cards of encouragement - not just for AnyHero, but for a specific injured hero, PFC Derek McConnell.

Visit the online journal on Caring Bridge that describes the circumstances of his injury. This is an excerpt from that site, from a LT in Derek's Platoon:
On 23 July 2011, PFC McConnell went above and beyond the call of duty. His valorous actions that morning led to the secured MEDEVAC of his wounded comrades during the first IED engagement. He then suffered life-threatening injuries after striking two PPIEDs himself. His personal sacrifice, and complete disregard for his own safety, ensured the security of his fellow soldiers throughout 3rd Platoon’s operation. PFC McConnell’s actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, 3rd Platoon (Wolverines), Bravo Company (Blackhawks), 2-87th Infantry Regiment (Catamounts), 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Spartans), and the United States Army.

I know nothing will ever change what happened but, I want you to know that he is one of my best soldiers.Truly an inspiration to have served in our platoon. Derek was incredibly brave that day...I was so impressed by his lack of fear and his willingness to do his job to the utmost in the face of the danger. The story of the entire patrol goes much deeper than "Derek stepped on an IED". I am submitting him to be awarded the Bronze Star (with Valor Device) for his actions and unwavering courage that day. 
PFC McConnell, center
Cards to wounded warriors should still have no glitter; open wounds in hospitals are not friendly to glitter. Please send your cards of encouragement to the address below, and post a comment here so we know how many we're getting sent out his way!
Derek McConnell
12 Adelphia Road
Parsippany NJ 07054

17 comments:

Lisa Oliver said...

The card I posted on my blog and FB today will be sent to PFC McConnell - the sentiment says "Keep your chin up friend" and should be perfect for his situation. Thanks for the opportunity OWH!

TK said...

I'll get one out in the mail today!

Kate said...

I'll be sending one out tomorrow!

Eydie Gellins said...

Mine will go out tomorrow also.

*Analyn* said...

Mine is in the mailbox waiting to get picked up! ;p

Kathy V. said...

Thank you for the heads-up. A card will be in the mail shortly. Good bless this young hero.

Reta McDavid said...

My card will go out tomorrow.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Mine is almost ready and will be winging it's way in the mail today. May God bless him richly for this courageous act.

Adele said...

Will make a card today and get it in the mail by tomorrow.

SuzAnn said...

I'll have one in the mail by Friday!

Jen said...

Sending one tomorrow!

Trish said...

Cards going out this week. Prayers daily for Derek & his family.

laurie said...

mine goes out tomorrow

Nancy in Katy, TX said...

Mailing a card out this morning.

Anonymous said...

I put a card in the mail today to Derek. Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time. Hugs, Becky Jo

Artie Fiorino said...

Mailed a card to Derek the other day. It is a card informing him that the entire congregation of Saint Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic in Parsippany, New Jersey will be praying for him on August 28, 2011.

Krystina said...

I am Derek's fiancé. We Recieved so many wonderful cards from everyone here. We can't thank you enough for the encouragement you gave to Derek and the family. Thank you for all that you do!! If you would like to follow Derek's progress, please follow the link in the URL below :)