Medals Awarded To Kilgore Guardsmen - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

05/08/08-Longview

Medals Awarded To Kilgore Guardsmen

Just returned from Iraq, Bravo company -3rd battalion- 144th infantry of Kilgore was decorated today for their service. The ceremony was filled with military tradition, and the honors were given with hundreds of family and friends of the Kilgore guardsmen looking on.

"It's important for us to show these young men and women how much we appreciate their service for our country. Without them we don't know where we'd be. Thank God, they're home" says troop supporter Ann Delaet.

"...It's great to be home, it's nice to see community support and how they treat us as we return," says 144th infantry sergeant Homer Teague.

They just returned from Iraq yesterday, and out of 125 soldiers, over 80 Army achievement service medals and over a dozen meritorious service medals were awarded.  And 7 soldiers received bronze stars for bravery.

"Being awarded the bronze star is a very big honor, but it's nothing that the other guys couldn't have done. We all deserve it," says bronze star recipient sergeant Randall Pemberton.

Texas units, wearing the traditional T-patch, have fought from WWII, Vietnam, to Desert Storm, to Iraq. And their honors today were appreciated.

"It's magnificent all these people here are here to welcome us home builds a lot of pride, it just makes you feel real good about doing your job," says specialist Gary Markham.

The final company from the 144th infantry division serving in Iraq landed in Georgia today. All of the 144th is now home.

Bob Hallmark reporting/bhallmark@kltv.com

  • NewsMore>>

  • Red Zone Rundown: Joe Drennon takes over Hallsville, Bobcats buy in to win.

    Red Zone Rundown: Joe Drennon takes over Hallsville, Bobcats buy in to win.

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 11:37 PM EDT2017-08-23 03:37:34 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    "I really loved wearing the orange when I wore it, but I'm awful glad to wearing purple and gold right now. Kids did a great job of being here all summer long. That in itself tells me they want to be successful," said Joe Drennon, Bobcats head football coach. It journey won't be easy. The Hallsville Bobcats are coming off a rough 2016 season where they only came out victorious twice.  "We can't control what's gone on it the past. What we got to do ...More >>
    "I really loved wearing the orange when I wore it, but I'm awful glad to wearing purple and gold right now. Kids did a great job of being here all summer long. That in itself tells me they want to be successful," said Joe Drennon, Bobcats head football coach. It journey won't be easy. The Hallsville Bobcats are coming off a rough 2016 season where they only came out victorious twice.  "We can't control what's gone on it the past. What we got to do ...More >>
  • 1 dead, 1 in custody following dispute over animals in Marion County

    1 dead, 1 in custody following dispute over animals in Marion County

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 11:33 PM EDT2017-08-23 03:33:25 GMT
    Amy Allen, left, and Amber LongAmy Allen, left, and Amber Long

    Officials say a dispute over animals between two former business partners preceded a homicide in Marion County.

    More >>

    Officials say a dispute over animals between two former business partners preceded a homicide in Marion County.

    More >>
  • Aggies working to be better toward the end of the season

    Aggies working to be better toward the end of the season

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-08-23 02:35:42 GMT
    Sumlin is trying to make sure A&M finishes strong in 2017.Sumlin is trying to make sure A&M finishes strong in 2017.

    On Monday the Associated Press released its top 25 preseason poll for college football. And for the third straight year, Texas A&M didn't make the cut. Starting fast though and moving their way up the polls in recent seasons hasn't been the problem. In fact, the Aggies, who have over a dozen East Texans on the roster, were number four in the initial playoff rankings last year.

    More >>

    On Monday the Associated Press released its top 25 preseason poll for college football. And for the third straight year, Texas A&M didn't make the cut. Starting fast though and moving their way up the polls in recent seasons hasn't been the problem. In fact, the Aggies, who have over a dozen East Texans on the roster, were number four in the initial playoff rankings last year.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly