The Army post gave two men the Purple Heart.
Fort Campbell soldiers know that service often involves sacrifice.
Staff. Sgt. Richard McLain and Vietnam veteran Donnie Roach have seen it first hand.
“We truly know what it means to walk through the shadow of the valley of death,” says Staff Sgt. Richard McLain.
McLain was wounded in Afghanistan when an IED detonated six feet away from him.
As he received his Purple Heart, his mind was on the men with whom he served.
“This is not about me, because it’s an honorable award. I dedicate this Purple Heart to my mother, who passed away in ’07, right before I deployed to Iraq. It’s for you. I love you, mom, and I love the 101st,” McLain said.
Sgt. Donnie Roach says receiving his Purple Heart marks one of the best days of his life.
He was wounded 43 years ago in Vietnam when he came under a heavily armed attack.
Staff Sgt. McLain who grew up in near-by Pelham and Monteagle says he witnessed seven IED blasts and was wounded by three of them.
Now he wears a Purple Heart. It’s an award he never hoped to earn, but he is proud to wear. McLain graduated from Grundy County High School in 1983.
“Freedom does come at a price, a very strong price,” says McLain.
Both Richard McLain and Donnie Roach are native Tennesseans with Roach residing in Portland, TN and McLain based at Fort Campbell, KY.
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