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          Release: 11/06/2012
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Nebraska Gate Sentinels

In tribute to ALL Nebraskans who have defended freedom by serving in the United States military, the Nebraska Athletic Department welcomes nine Nebraska veterans, representing all military branches and conflicts, as Honorary Gate Sentinels for Saturday's Nebraska-Penn State Big Ten Conference game at Memorial Stadium.

**Please click the names below to see bio pages with narratives for each veteran.


    Sergeant Ashley Klipfel

       Service Branch: United States Army Reserve

       Combat Action: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Two Tours - Iraq & Kuwait)

       Home Town: Lincoln (Currently Resides in Lodgepole)

       Military Specialty: Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (Heavy Equipment Transports)

       Unit: 443rd Transportation Co., 450th Transportation Btn., 561st Regional Support Grp.

       Citations and Awards: - National Defense Service Medal

                                - Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Star

                                - Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary & Service Medals

                                - Driver & Mechanics Badge w/ Wheeled Vehicle Clasp

                                - 3 Army Commendatjion Medals

                                - Numerous Achievement & Service Citations

                                                     

    Sergeant First Class (Ret)
Valerie (Deahn) Kinghorn

       Service Branch: Nebraska Army National Guard

       Combat Action: Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm

       Home Town: Lincoln

       Military Specialty: Air Ambulance Combat Signaler

       Unit: 24th Medical Air Ambulance Company in Support of the XVIII Airborne Corps 

       Citations and Awards: - National Defense Service Medal

                                - Army Service Ribbon

                                - Aircraft Crewman Badge

                                - Southwest Asia Service Medal

                                - Nebraska Natjional Guard Desert Shield/Storm Service Ribbon

                                - Liberation of Kuwait (Saudi Arabia)

                                - Army Commendation Medal

                                - Numerous Training, Service, & Achievement Commendations

            

    Chief Hospital Corpsman (Ret)
James Thompson

       Service Branch: United States Navy

       Combat Action: Vietnam (Two Tours)

       Home Town: McCook

       Military Specialties: Navy Hospital Corpsman, SAR Corpsman, Combat Marine Corpsman

       Units: USS Yorktown, Tonkin Gulf, Search and Rescue; Mekong River Patrol Boats, RVN; Among Others

       Citations and Awards: - National Defense Service Medal

                                - Vietnam Service Medal

                                - Vietnam Civil Actions Medal

                                - Vietnam Campaign Ribbon

                                - Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal

                                - Numerous Citations for Valor & Civilian Medical Assistance

                                - Military Order of the Purple Heart (Twice)

                                             

    Aviation Electrician Petty Officer
2nd Class Norman Elvig

       Service Branch: United States Navy

       Combat Action: Korea

       Home Town: Omaha

       Military Specialty: Attack Aircraft Electrical Maintenance & Repair

       Unit: Navy Fighter Squadron VF-191, USS Oriskany CVA-34,
U.S. Seventh Fleet

       Citations and Awards: - National Defense Service Medal

                                - Korean Service Medal

                                - China Service Medal

                                - Navy Commendatjion Medal

                                - Navy Good Conduct Medal

 

    Aerographer's Mate 3rd Class
Donald Schuster

       Service Branch: United States Coast Guard

       Combat Action: WWII - North Atlantic

       Home Town: Phillips

       Military Specialty: Weather Observer

       Unit: USS Woonsocket

       Citations and Awards: - National Defense Service Ribbon

                                - Honorable Service Emblem

                                - Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal                                                

                         

Staff Sergeant Lloyd "Don" Davis

Service Branch: United States Army Air Corps

Combat Action: WWII -- Europe

Home Town: Lincoln

Military Specialty: Weather Technician

Unit: 8th Air Force, 18th Weather Squadron

Citations and Awards: - European Theater Campaign Ribbon

                                - Army Good Conduct Medal

                               

                            

    Corporal Harold Heins

       Service Branch: United States Army

       Combat Action: WWII - Europe

       Home Town: David City

       Military Specialty: Artilleryman

       Unit: Battery "C," 546th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion,44th Infantry Division, Third Army 

       Citations and Awards: - National Defense Service Medal

                                - European Campaign Medal

                                - World War II Victory Ribbon

                                - Army Commendation Medal

                                - Army Good Conduct Medal

            

Private First Class Kenneth Dahl

Service Branch: United States Marine Corps

Combat Action: WWII -- Pacific

Home Town: Scribner

Military Specialty: Ordinance Carrier

Unit: Weapons Platoon, "Charlie" Company, 1st Marine Division, III Amphibious Corps

Citations and Awards: - National Defense Service Medal

                                - Pacific Campaign Medal

                                - Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal

                                - Letter of Thanks Signed by Harry S. Truman


    Electrician's Mate 2nd Class
Edward Guthrie

       Service Branch: United States Navy

       Combat Action: WWII - Pacific

       Home Town: Omaha

       Military Specialty: Electrician

       Units: USS Whitney - Destroyer Tender, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, T.H.
- USS Banner - Attack Transport, Western Pacific

       Citations and Awards: - American Campaign Ribbon

                                - American Defense Ribbon

                                - World War II Victory Ribbon

                                - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon

                                - Navy Occupation Service Ribbon

                                - Navy Good Conduct Medal


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