CWG Chapter Presents Wounded Warrior Challenge Coins

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Provided by Col. William Grayson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution

The Colonel William Grayson Chapter (CWG) of the Sons of the American Revolution presented two Wounded Warrior Challenge Coins this summer.

On Aug. 24, Compatriot Barry Schwoerer presented a Wounded Warrior Challenge Coin to Specialist Raymond McKennon, United States Army (Retired) at the Serve our Willing Warriors Retreat in Haymarket. Specialist McKennon was wounded in Iraq while serving with the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. His wounds resulted in medical retirement with 100% disability.

Following the presentation of the SAR Wounded Warrior Coin, Compatriot Schwoerer conducted Operation Ancestor Search for Specialist McKennon and presented him with a subscription to Ancestry.com. Specialist McKennon received information to develop a personal Family Tree on Ancestry.com. He also learned how to import genealogical documents from Ancestry.com searches into his Family Tree.

On Sept. 17, Compatriot Schwoerer presented a Wounded Warrior Challenge Coin to Silver Star recipient Daniel E. Harper at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic at Ft. Belvoir. Daniel is a three-time recipient of the Purple Heart, with combat experience in Korea and Vietnam. He is one of the few survivors of the Korean War battle known as “Pork Chop Hill.” His citation for the Silver Star details heroic action that prevented additional casualties at a battle north of Chon Thanh on Nov. 23, 1967. During that battle, Daniel was severely wounded.

Daniel wrote a book about his combat and general military experiences. He established many firsts for the U.S. Army as he quickly rose through the ranks to E-9. His book is titled “Life of a Soldier” and may be found on eBay and other book sales sites. Daniel will be the guest speaker at the Colonel William Grayson Chapter May 2019 meeting.

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