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Army Heritage Center Foundation Announces 2017 Honorees

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The Board of Directors of the Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce the honorees that the Foundation will recognize at its 10th Annual Membership and Recognition Dinner at the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on November 4, 2017.

 

Awardees

  • Living Legend Award: Mr Bill Beck
  • Boots on the Ground Award: Mr. Joseph Galloway
  • MG John Armstrong Award: R.S. Mowery & Sons

 

Background

Bill Beck will receive the Foundation’s Living Legend Award for his contributions as a Soldier during the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley during the Vietnam War.  His individual achievements deserve recognition and serve as an inspiration for others. Beck was drafted into the Army in 1964 and during the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in November 1965, much like Joshua Chamberlain did for the Union Army at Gettysburg, he secured the flank of his unit’s position.  He was awarded a Silver Star for these actions while serving as an assistant machine gunner in the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment (1/7 Cav), 1st Cavalry Division.  Then and now, he represents those Soldiers who joined the Army and fought in the initial battles of the Vietnam War.

Recognizing individuals or organizations that make a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families, the Foundation has selected Joe Galloway to receive the Foundation’s Boots on the Ground AwardGalloway has not allowed our Soldiers to be forgotten.  His service as a military reporter, columnist, and author has helped publicize and humanize our Soldiers, especially related to the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam. Joe Galloway was a 23 year old United Press International reporter who was assigned to Vietnam in 1965.  He wanted to tell the stories of Soldiers in war, and to do so, he had to serve with them in the field.  In November 1965, he accompanied the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment into the Ia Drang Valley.  To save his and Soldiers’ lives he had to take up arms.  He received a Bronze Star with V Device for his actions and forged a deep friendship with Soldiers of the unit.  He would later tell their stories in the best-selling book, We Were Soldiers Once and Young.

Don Mowery of R.S. Mowery & Sons will receive the MG John Armstrong Award.  Named for MG John Armstrong (1725-1795), a Soldier, a Statesman, a Pioneer, and a Leader who shaped the development of this region and the Nation, the award recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped develop USAHEC. For the past decade, Don Mowery has been an ardent supporter of the Foundation’s efforts and has been instrumental in enhancing the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus particularly through the design and construction of the Visitor and Education Center and the Hall of the American Soldier.

 

The Dinner

This annual dinner will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, allowing the Foundation to better showcase the Center’s assets to its guests, to honor Veterans past and present and those who support Soldiers, and to thank those who support the Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in “Telling the Army Story . . . one Soldier at a time.®”   

Included in the evening’s activities is a silent auction that includes unique items and gift certificates to regional attractions, restaurants, wineries, and golf courses, among others.

Dinner sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional details about the dinner and silent auction, or to order tickets, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102, info@armyheritage.org, or visit www.armyheritage.org.

 

About the Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable.  

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 that added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College.  Since 2004 when the facility opened to the public, almost 1.4 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu.

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