Ron & Don want to lower the flag in Olympia for a local heroJune 25, 2012 @ 5:49 pm (Updated: 5:54 pm - 6/25/12 )
Why today's Ron & Don show is dedicated to a U.S. Army PFC named Vincent J. Ellis--We just got this email from Bryan in Woodinville:
I am not sure you can help me on such short notice but you are the only guys i could think of who could get it done. My friend and yours United States Army PFC Vincent J. Ellis is being laid to rest today at Arlington National Cemetery. Here is a brief explanation that his father was given afterwards:
Lt Col Cassibry, Commander, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry (Airborne), called the family from Afghanistan today with some new details of Vincent's final moments. The short version is when the attack began he dropped his crutches (meniscus injury to knee during a patrol the week prior), threw on his gear, borrowed a weapon (his was left behind when he was MedEvac'd to Salerno) and ran to engage the enemy. After meeting up with a group of other Troopers, and while maneuvering on the enemy, he suffered a blast injury that sent shrapnel into his brain. He was assisted to medical and evacuated to a higher level of care.
Vincent passed away on June 4th 2012. He was awarded the purple heart and the combat action badge. He ran into the fight even after being medvacd out to somewhere to recoup.
All flags are ordered to flown at half staff in VIRGINA where he is being lain to rest but do you guys think we can get the Capitol to lower the flag for the day on his honor. Vince was from here in Washington originally. I feel we should be honoring him here as well.
Thanks for anything you can do guys. Even if it's just calling attention to this young man on your show today.
He joined the Army in February 2011.
PFC Vincent J. Ellis
January 28, 1990-June 4th 2012
Thank you for your time.
--Bryan in Woodinville
We have reached out to Governor Gregoire's office and the Capitol in Olympia for how we can pay tribute to PFC Ellis. Let's get that flag lowered and honor our local hero!
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