THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR SOCIETY
BOB HOPE AWARD GALA
TO BENEFIT THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOUNDATION
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017
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. This year the recipients will present an entertainer the award for excellence in entertainment in support of our nations military. Entertainment will also feature America’s Tenor, Steve Amerson.
The Chairman for the Medal of Honor Bob Hope Award Gala will be Medal of Honor Recipient, Gary Littrell, along with Co-Chairman, Captain Jim Palmershiem.
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
Please click here to make your reservation online!
Purchase tickets below, or click here to download a sponsorship packet.
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.