CPL Joseph F Herndon II USA 07-29-2004 OIF Derby, KS, age 21. pecialist Joseph F. Herndon II made the ultimate sacrifice for his country when he was mortally wounded from a sniper attack while pulling security during an Informal Operations patrol north of Huwayjah. SPC Herndon performed enthusiastically and courageously during the Alpha Company mission to gather intelligence in the city. As a M203 gunner, SPC Herndon played an invaluable role in guaranteeing the Wolfhound BattalionÕs mission success. During the past six months of deployment, SPC Herndon executed complex combat operations to perfection while contributing to the BattalionÕs overall mission including the execution of over 100 combat raids and over 180 combat patrols. For his selfless contribution and heroic service in support of the Wolfhound Battalion, SPC Herndon was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for his heroic actions during the Battle of Huwayjah on April 7, 2004. His first Purple Heart was awarded when he was wounded by heavy RPG-7 fire while fighting in the Battle of Huwayjah. His second Purple Heart was awarded from wounds received on June 27, 2004 when the vehicle he was patrolling was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device in the city of Huwayjah. His third Purple Heart has been posthumously awarded for being mortally wounded on July 29, 2004 during a patrol. SPC Herndon has also been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the NationÕs fourth highest award for Valor in Combat. SPC Herndon has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and the 25 Infantry Division (Light) shoulder sleeve insignia.
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