News Icon

News: Indiana National Guard presents soldiers with Purple Heart

Story by Sgt. 1st Class Matt ScottenSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

Indiana National Guard presents soldiers with Purple Heart Sgt. 1st Class Matt Scotten

Indiana Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, had the pleasure of presenting Coal City Ind. native Spc.Joseph Rybolt (left) and Spc. Andrew Yeley of Speedway, Ind. (right) with the Purple Heart Medal for injuries suffered while deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008. The presentation was made in a formal ceremony at the Indiana World War Memorial Sept 6, 2013.

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger presented Coal City Ind. native Spc.Joseph Rybolt and Spc. Andrew Yeley of Speedway, Ind. with the Purple Heart Medal for injuries suffered as a result of an IED blast while deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008. The presentation was made in a formal ceremony at the Indiana World War Memorial Friday, Sept 6, 2013.

While deployed they were detached from their National Guard unit and attached to an active duty Army component. It took five years and a lot of hard work on the part of several leaders within the Indiana National Guard to get the paperwork routed through all the proper channels for them to be finally awarded their medals.

“It’s almost fortuitous,” said Umbarger. “Had they been attached to their own units at the time, they would have probably received this award in theater. Now, they get to be recognized today in front of their family and friends.”

Yeley was overwhelmed by the award, almost to the point of tears.

“This is just so surreal. This could not have happened in a better place than here in my hometown with one of my best friends right beside me,” Yeley said as he gestured to Rybolt.

Rybolt had less to say. He just smiled and put his arm around Yeley, saying, “Me and this guy are brothers for life.”


Connected Media
ImagesIndiana National...
Indiana Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger,...
ImagesIndiana National...
Indiana Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger,...
ImagesIndiana National...
Indiana Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger,...
ImagesIndiana National...
Indiana Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger,...
ImagesIndiana National...
Indiana Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger,...


Web Views
110
Downloads
0

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Indiana National Guard presents soldiers with Purple Heart, by SFC Matt Scotten, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.06.2013

Date Posted:09.06.2013 15:28

Location:INDIANAPOLIS, IN, USGlobe

Hometown:COAL CITY, IN, US

Hometown:SPEEDWAY, IN, US

More Like This

  • The Indiana National Guard recently teamed up with Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind., by officially entering into agreement to share restricted airspace with the state school.
  • Despite the chilly January weather, it was with warm hearts that the Indiana National Guard said farewell to their outgoing governor, Mitch Daniels, and welcomed in the Gov. Mike Pence in an inauguration ceremony on the steps of the Indiana Statehouse today.
  • Capt. Michael W. Potter, the executive officer of the Medical Hold Detachment, was awarded the Purple Heart, presented by Maj. Gen. Hugo E. Salazar, the Adjutant General for the Arizona National Guard, at Papago Park Military Reservation, Sept. 8.
  • After nearly nine years, a North Dakota Army National Guard soldier received a Purple Heart medal for wounds he sustained in Iraq in 2003. The honor was presented at a ceremony at the 164th Regional Training Institute at the Camp Grafton Training Center, Devils Lake, N.D., March 17.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr