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VETERANS EVENT GUEST SPEAKERS & HONORED RALLY ATTENDEES


When Stroup entered the POW


camp, the American Soldier weighed 169 pounds. When he was released on August 25th, 1953, he weighed less than 85 pounds.


Guest Speaker: COLONEL SHANNON JOHNSON United States Air Force


Col Shannon L.C. Johnson


enlisted in the Air Force as an F-111 crew chief in 1986. Following his commissioning and graduation from USAF pilot training, Col Johnson flew C-130s throughout the world, including combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor, Bosnia, and Haiti. Col Johnson is a Command Pilot with over 3,500 hours in the C-130 and over 400 flying hours in combat. He is a graduate of the USAF Weapons School and has served as a schoolhouse instructor and evaluator. During his tour in Alaska, Col Johnson served as 1 of only 18 USAF pilots qualified to fly into remote radar site unimproved landing strips where, due to terrain, there is no possibility of a go-around.


In addition, Col Johnson has


been awarded the Airman’s Medal for Heroism, a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, and five Air Medals.


Col Johnson currently serves


as Chief, Mobility Division for NORAD and USNORTHCOM. He is married to Christie Johnson and has two sons, Skyler, 18, and Cody, 13. He is also a 100-mile ultra-race competitive runner and holds a 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.


POW Ride Grand Marshal: CSM Jeffrey Adams United States Army


Command Sergeant Major


Jeffrey O. Adams is from Texas and is currently serving as the CSM for 64th Brigade Support Battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom III, Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09, and Operation New Dawn.


CSM Adams has attended


numerous military schools and he holds a Bachelors Degree from Excelsior University.


CSM Adams awards and


decorations include the Bronze Star (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (6), National Defense Service Medal (BS), Iraq Campaign Medal (4 BS), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal,


Noncommissioned


Officer Development Ribbon (w/ Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Over Seas Ribbon (w/Numeral 6), NATO Medal, Army Valorous Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award (2 OLC), German Marksmanship Badge (Bronze), Combat Action Badge, Driver/Mechanics Badge, he is also a recipient of the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe and the Order of Saint Barbara.


American EX-POW LESTER STROUP


Les is a native of Colorado, and


served in the Army from 1949 to 1969, then again from 1970 to 1975 for a voluntary tour of Vietnam.


Les is an American EX-Prisoner


of War who was taken in 1950 in Korea. He and 750 other American Servicemen went in to the Death Valley Mining Camp in November 1950. When the Koreans brought them out less than 1 year later, only 250 remained alive. 500 men died of starvation, mistreatment, exposure and disease.


The group was marched over


200 miles to the Yellow River on the Manchurian Border. They were marched under the cover of night to keep them disoriented and hidden from American scouts.


Bady Returns!


American EX-POW Edwin Beck


Ed joined the Army in 1943.


On December 19 during the Battle of Bulge, Ed’s unit was sur- rounded and captured. The men were then marched 150 miles in 5 days. Because Ed had a Ger- man sounding last name, and because another man named Beck had plotted to assassinate Hitler, Ed was grossly mistreated by his German captors. He spent three months slaving in a stone quarry before he and a fellow prisoner cut the wire and made their escape. When Ed reached freedom, he weighed a mere 80 pounds.


than 100 American lives in combat.


At last year’s Remembrance


Ceremony, Bady was awarded a Medal for his service to our nation by Colonel Mike Kasales.


Bady came to the Rally as an “Bad Ass” – AKA Bady is


the German Shepherd MWD (Military Working Dog) who attended the Veterans Rally in 2011, just after his leg was amputated. This American Hero is credited with saving more


orphan looking for a home and he immediately found one with Colonel Kasales and his Wife Mary. Mike is currently deployed in Afghanistan.


Bady returns to the Rally this


year with Mary and some of his MWD friends.


2012 SALUTE TO AMERICAN VETERANS RALLY & FESTIVAL


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