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The Purple Heart Award for Lt. Dan Jones, HMM=164 Ceremony Announcement!

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    Re: The Purple Heart Award for Lt. Dan Jones, HMM=164 Ceremony Announcement!

    The first of the four Purple Heart Award Ceremonies has been met. Lt. Dan Jones received his Purple Heart from Colonel George Ross on Sept. 25, 2014 in Chandler Az. (Photo's attached)

    On October 4th, 2014 in Lebanon Oregon the Purple Heart will be awarded to the family of Ray Templeton who was KIA on 11 June, 1968 when YT-23 was shot down by Friendly Fire near Da Nang. Lt. Dan Jones was the sole survivor of that crash.

    Lt. Glen Zamorski, Conrad Lerman and Ray Templeton were KIA when the Helo inverted, totally ablaze and out of control after being struck by an Arty Round fired by a USMC unit supporting the operation in Elephant Valley from which YT-23 was returning with a external load of excess equipment from that operation.

    Congratulations Dan.

    Thanks to all who assisted in correcting this issue.
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  • The Purple Heart Award for Lt. Dan Jones, HMM=164 Ceremony Announcement!

    I just learned of the Ceremony Awarding the Purple Heart to Lt. Dan Jones is to be held this Thursday in Chandler Az.

    I realize that it is very late but if anyone lives in the area and desires to attend the long awaited ceremony, here is the Frag Order (below)

    LOCATION: Springfield Estates Retirement Community
    The "Theater Room" at the Community Recreation Center
    6495 South Saint Andrews Blvd.
    Chandler, AZ

    DATE/TIME: Thursday, 25 September 2014. Presentation will begin at 1400.


    Lieutenant Colonel George and Nan ROSS, (USMC RET)

    Lieutenant Commander Jamie and Shannon KERR, (USN RET)

    First Sergeant David BAKER, (4th Marine Logistics Group, Luke AFB)

    Chief Pilot Randall and Pat CORSON, (Aerohead Aviation)


    On the 101 Freeway SOUTHBOUND. Continue SOUTH thru Chandler. Stay in the left lanes, as the 101 will end just SOUTH of RAY ROAD. Take the 202 San Tan Freeway EAST ramp. Continue EAST for approximately 4 miles, and take the McQUEEN ROAD exit. Go SOUTH on McQUEEN for approximately 5 miles, at which point you will CONTINUE SOUTH ON McQUEEN thru the RIGGS ROAD intersection. A GPS will tell you to turn left on Riggs, but that's not correct. Once you're south of RIGGS, take the first available LEFT TURN into SPRINGFIELD ESTATES. You will be met by a normally courteous guard, who will direct you to the Recreation Center.

    Semper Fidelis

    ​Chuck Nowotny​