Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Soldier who survived bomb attack receives lifetime backstage passes to CDB. Oh yeah, and a Purple Heart

Soldier who survived bomb attack receives Purple Heart: Sgt. Kevin Downs, who received a Purple Heart Saturday, lost part of both legs and suffered second- and third-degree burns.

Following with other awards were Cheatham County Mayor Bill Orange and Kingston Springs Mayor Gary Corlew.

David Corlew, the mayor's brother and manager of country music singer Charlie Daniels, delivered a letter Daniels wrote to Downs, who also got free backstage passes to any Charlie Daniels performance for the rest of his life.

The Purple Heart is awarded to any armed forces member who, while serving, is wounded or killed by enemy combatants.

Downs also received the Combat Action Badge, which recognizes soldiers who personally engaged the enemy, or are engaged by the enemy during combat operations, said Randy D. Harris, spokesman for the Tennessee Military Department.

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