HONOR YOUR HERO

Please submit your story, or your heroes story, along with a photo (if possible) to admin@heroesandhorses.org. Each day of the 500 Miles journey we will pick one of these stories to highlight on our website and Facebook page, and one of our wild mustangs will carry your (or your heroes) name attached to him for a day. Gold Star Families, we would love to honor your loved ones through our mission here at Heroes and Horses and the 500 Miles Project.

WILLIS JONES "My hero is a World War 2 veteran named Willis Jones. He was a co-pilot on a B-17 bomber in the 8th Air Force. Willis was shot down on his last mission before going home and was a POW until the war was over. He was awarded the Air Medal along with the Purple Heart." - Bristol Hargis (you can read more about Willis' story by clicking here.)

WILLIS JONES

"My hero is a World War 2 veteran named Willis Jones. He was a co-pilot on a B-17 bomber in the 8th Air Force. Willis was shot down on his last mission before going home and was a POW until the war was over. He was awarded the Air Medal along with the Purple Heart." - Bristol Hargis (you can read more about Willis' story by clicking here.)

DAVID MCDONNELL "Veterans hold a very special part in my life mostly on the fact that my father (David McDonnell) was a Marine (always a Marine) and he has a heart of gold.  Daddy is a man of his word, his time in the service shaped his belief in the code of honor and respect, and he made sure he lived his life by this and raised the men in his family with." - Kelsey Cook

DAVID MCDONNELL

"Veterans hold a very special part in my life mostly on the fact that my father (David McDonnell) was a Marine (always a Marine) and he has a heart of gold.  Daddy is a man of his word, his time in the service shaped his belief in the code of honor and respect, and he made sure he lived his life by this and raised the men in his family with." - Kelsey Cook

BRYAN ALLAN BURGESS "My son, Bryan Allan Burgess, was KIA in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on 29 March 2011. Bryan was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Task Force No Slack of the 101st Airborne out of Fort Campbell, KY. His mission was Strong Eagle III. No Slack was going into Taliban HQ in the valley and they were ambushed by Taliban forces that had positions up in the tree tops. Bryan and five of his brothers were killed the very first morning of what turned into a nine day fire fight." - Terry Burgess

BRYAN ALLAN BURGESS

"My son, Bryan Allan Burgess, was KIA in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on 29 March 2011. Bryan was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Task Force No Slack of the 101st Airborne out of Fort Campbell, KY. His mission was Strong Eagle III. No Slack was going into Taliban HQ in the valley and they were ambushed by Taliban forces that had positions up in the tree tops. Bryan and five of his brothers were killed the very first morning of what turned into a nine day fire fight." - Terry Burgess

LCDR LINDA WISMAN "My hero is LCDR Linda Wisman, USN ret. She is my mother and a 20 year veteran of the Navy Nurse Corps.  But beyond her accomplishments as a service member, Linda is also my hero because of her character. She is tough as nails yet caring and compassionate. She has a natural intelligence and "take no shit" attitude that allows her to naturally lead those around her. I am thankful every day that I was raised with such a role model, and every day I strive to emulate her remarkable character in my own time as a service member." - 2nd LT Maggie Collins

LCDR LINDA WISMAN

"My hero is LCDR Linda Wisman, USN ret. She is my mother and a 20 year veteran of the Navy Nurse Corps.  But beyond her accomplishments as a service member, Linda is also my hero because of her character. She is tough as nails yet caring and compassionate. She has a natural intelligence and "take no shit" attitude that allows her to naturally lead those around her. I am thankful every day that I was raised with such a role model, and every day I strive to emulate her remarkable character in my own time as a service member." - 2nd LT Maggie Collins

CORPORAL LAURENCE O'DEA "My Hero is my Great Uncle, Corporal Laurence O'Dea who served with B Company, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division.  He was reported missing on 1 December 1950 in the vicinity of Sonchu, North Korea in the battle of the Chongchon River. He was 18 years old.  His remains have not been recovered or identified to this day.  My Great Uncle Larry is one of our Nation's 83,000+ MIA's, and we must Never Forget their Ultimate Sacrifice while serving to preserve our Liberty and battle oppression in far-away places." - Heather Corace

CORPORAL LAURENCE O'DEA

"My Hero is my Great Uncle, Corporal Laurence O'Dea who served with B Company, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division.  He was reported missing on 1 December 1950 in the vicinity of Sonchu, North Korea in the battle of the Chongchon River. He was 18 years old.  His remains have not been recovered or identified to this day.  My Great Uncle Larry is one of our Nation's 83,000+ MIA's, and we must Never Forget their Ultimate Sacrifice while serving to preserve our Liberty and battle oppression in far-away places." - Heather Corace

ANDREW WEATHERS "I represent the Andrew Weathers Memorial Foundation. Andy was on Evan's (my husband) Army Special Forces team or ODA.  On their last deployment to Afghanistan, they were transferred to a different provence with a month left of the deployment, one that ...was known for Taliban activity. It was there that a firefight ensued as they were surrounded by hundreds. Andy was on the rooftop with another teammate trying to hold the enemy back to avoid capture and to get all of the guys out of there safely. He was shot in the head and flown to Germany where he was kept on life support for his family. He died on September 30, 2014." - Jordan Lacenski

ANDREW WEATHERS

"I represent the Andrew Weathers Memorial Foundation. Andy was on Evan's (my husband) Army Special Forces team or ODA.  On their last deployment to Afghanistan, they were transferred to a different provence with a month left of the deployment, one that ...was known for Taliban activity. It was there that a firefight ensued as they were surrounded by hundreds. Andy was on the rooftop with another teammate trying to hold the enemy back to avoid capture and to get all of the guys out of there safely. He was shot in the head and flown to Germany where he was kept on life support for his family. He died on September 30, 2014." - Jordan Lacenski

JIM MORRIS "My Grandfather, Jim Morris, was born in 1923. He was in the Air Force from 1942 until Sept of 1945. He was recognized for successfully completing 50 bombing missions, but he actually made 52. He has raised quarter horses most of his life. He began breeding horses when he was 13. His first foal was by a local remount stallion. He eventually published a book on Driftwood horses (a bloodline of quarter horses). It is so ...incredible the memory he has and is still sharp as a tack, even at 94. I would love to share some of his story." - Kara Fanning.  

JIM MORRIS

"My Grandfather, Jim Morris, was born in 1923. He was in the Air Force from 1942 until Sept of 1945. He was recognized for successfully completing 50 bombing missions, but he actually made 52. He has raised quarter horses most of his life. He began breeding horses when he was 13. His first foal was by a local remount stallion. He eventually published a book on Driftwood horses (a bloodline of quarter horses). It is so ...incredible the memory he has and is still sharp as a tack, even at 94. I would love to share some of his story." - Kara Fanning.

 

SHAWN DUNHAM "My hero is Shawn Dunham. Shawn served in the U.S. Marines during Desert Storm (93-94), and at the age of 35, re-enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served from 2007-2013. He was assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry (Fort Hood, Tx) and served in Mosul, Iraq and Al Diwaniyah, Iraq.  His primary MOS was 74D-Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist. Shawn was honorably discharged as 100% disabled due to PTSD and injuries (including TBI) he survived from several IED incidents. Since leaving the military, he works to express his emotions through music, learning to write lyrics that help bring healing to other combat soldiers, and those veterans dealing with PTSD and the effects of returning home." - Michelle Farley  

SHAWN DUNHAM

"My hero is Shawn Dunham. Shawn served in the U.S. Marines during Desert Storm (93-94), and at the age of 35, re-enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served from 2007-2013. He was assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry (Fort Hood, Tx) and served in Mosul, Iraq and Al Diwaniyah, Iraq.  His primary MOS was 74D-Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist. Shawn was honorably discharged as 100% disabled due to PTSD and injuries (including TBI) he survived from several IED incidents. Since leaving the military, he works to express his emotions through music, learning to write lyrics that help bring healing to other combat soldiers, and those veterans dealing with PTSD and the effects of returning home." - Michelle Farley

 

MICHAEL GRESLIE "I would like to nominate our hero Michael (Mike) Greslie. Sept. 28, 1944-Sept. 8, 2014. Mike was drafted into the Army in January 1967 where he signed up for 101st Airborne. After his basic training and jump school he got leave and came home and married his sweetheart Cheryl on September 24, 1967. He immediately returned to Fort Campbell, KY and within the week was on the US Navy Ship General Weigel on his way to Vi...etnam. While anchored in Subic Bay, on October 6, 1967, Mike saved a fellow soldier from drowning that had fallen over board and later received an Award of the Soldiers Medal for Heroism. He was wounded in Vietnam twice and received two purple hearts. The second time he was wounded was February 1968, in Phan Tet. He was hit by an RPG rocket and while blacking out he heard a voice saying “If you want to live, do something”. This voice saved him. He raised his arm to wave down a passing jeep which rescued him. He spent two weeks in a hospital in Vietnam to stabilize him. He was transported to Japan where he stayed a month and had multiple surgeries on his legs. He was then able to come home where he spent a year at the Fort Ord Hospital. He was medically discharged due to his disability and retired from the Army in March of 1969. Mike never complained about his injuries. His one leg was an inch or two shorter than the other and required a special shoe to help him walk." - Erin Treanor

MICHAEL GRESLIE

"I would like to nominate our hero Michael (Mike) Greslie. Sept. 28, 1944-Sept. 8, 2014.

Mike was drafted into the Army in January 1967 where he signed up for 101st Airborne. After his basic training and jump school he got leave and came home and married his sweetheart Cheryl on September 24, 1967. He immediately returned to Fort Campbell, KY and within the week was on the US Navy Ship General Weigel on his way to Vi...etnam. While anchored in Subic Bay, on October 6, 1967, Mike saved a fellow soldier from drowning that had fallen over board and later received an Award of the Soldiers Medal for Heroism. He was wounded in Vietnam twice and received two purple hearts. The second time he was wounded was February 1968, in Phan Tet. He was hit by an RPG rocket and while blacking out he heard a voice saying “If you want to live, do something”. This voice saved him. He raised his arm to wave down a passing jeep which rescued him. He spent two weeks in a hospital in Vietnam to stabilize him. He was transported to Japan where he stayed a month and had multiple surgeries on his legs. He was then able to come home where he spent a year at the Fort Ord Hospital. He was medically discharged due to his disability and retired from the Army in March of 1969. Mike never complained about his injuries. His one leg was an inch or two shorter than the other and required a special shoe to help him walk." - Erin Treanor

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