THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR SOCIETY
BOB HOPE AWARD GALA
TO BENEFIT THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOUNDATION
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018
Please join the Airpower Foundation, along with over 20 Medal of Honor Recipients, as we host the Medal of Honor Society’s Bob Hope Award Gala. The recipients will present a chosen entertainer their award for excellence in entertainment in support of our nations military. Entertainment will also feature America’s Tenor, Steve Amerson, and a concert by legendary entertainer, Tony Orlando.
The Chairman for the Medal of Honor Bob Hope Award Gala will be Medal of Honor Recipient, Gary Littrell, along with Co-Chairmen, Captain Jim Palmershiem, and Jim Thomason.
Cocktail hour starts at 6:00pm followed by a dinner program at 7:00pm. Attire is black tie optional and mess dress. The location is below.
Westin – DFW Hotel
4545 West John Carpenter Freeway (Hwy 114)
Irving, TX 75063
Medal of Honor Recipient, Gary Littrell
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sfc. Littrell, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Advisory Team 21, distinguished himself while serving as a Light Weapons Infantry Advisor with the 23d Battalion, 2d Ranger Group, Republic of Vietnam Army, near Dak Seang. After establishing a defensive perimeter on a hill on April 4, the battalion was subjected to an intense enemy mortar attack which killed the Vietnamese commander, 1 advisor, and seriously wounded all the advisors except Sfc. Littrell. During the ensuing 4 days, Sfc Littrell exhibited near superhuman endurance as he single-handedly bolstered the besieged battalion. Repeatedly abandoning positions of relative safety, he directed artillery and air support by day and marked the unit’s location by night, despite the heavy, concentrated enemy fire. His dauntless will instilled in the men of the 23d Battalion a deep desire to resist. Assault after assault was repulsed as the battalion responded to the extraordinary leadership and personal example exhibited by Sfc. Littrell as he continuously moved to those points most seriously threatened by the enemy, redistributed ammunition, strengthened faltering defenses, cared for the wounded and shouted encouragement to the Vietnamese in their own language. When the beleaguered battalion was finally ordered to withdraw, numerous ambushes were encountered. Sfc. Littrell repeatedly prevented widespread disorder by directing air strikes to within 50 meters of their position. Through his indomitable courage and complete disregard for his safety, he averted excessive loss of life and injury to the members of the battalion. The sustained extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by Sfc. Littrell over an extended period of time were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him and the U.S. Army.
Tony Orlando is one of America’s most iconic and beloved entertainers. Few entertainers have excelled in so many realms as Tony has: a multi-million top selling recording artist, songwriter, concert headliner, network television star, Motion Picture actor, Broadway performer and author. Tony’s legendary hit, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree,” was first performed live right here in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl at a concert with Bob Hope to Welcome Home POW’s from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” was the number one Billboard Song of Year 1973, became Tony’s theme song, and grew into an American anthem of hope and homecoming, reunion and renewal. He has 2 Platinum albums, 3 Gold albums, and 15 Top 40 Hits. In addition to his extraordinary entertainment career, Tony has been an avid supporter of our nation’s military, wounded, veterans, their families, the children of our fallen military heroes, and serves as Honorary Chairman of Snowball Express.
Jim Thomason served as an Army Aviator in the Viet Nam conflict. He served 4 years active duty one of which was in Viet Nam and 11 years in the U S Army Reserves. He has been a member of the Ft Worth Airpower Council for approximately 25 years and has served as its Chairman and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Council and also the Airpower Foundation. Mr. Thomason is active in the Land Development Business in and around the Ft Worth area and enjoys volunteer work for various military causes. He is the chairman of the Military Committee at the Dean & DeLucca PGA event in Ft Worth and has been part of an effort resulting in the presenting of 15 Mortgage Free Homes to Wounded Warriors. He is married to the former Donna Lamberson and together they have two sons, two daughters in laws and seven grand-children.