Civilian Purple Heart

Roamy here.  Through BRAC, the Army Security Assistance Command moved their headquarters from Fort Belvoir, Va., and their finance office from St. Louis, Mo., to Redstone Arsenal here in Alabama.  In their new headquarters building is a plaque with all the names of the Army Materiel Command civilian employees killed or wounded in service of their country.  This week’s Redstone Rocket has the story behind one of the names on the wall.

Photo courtesy of Redstone Rocket/ Melody Sandlin

Gregg Turner, shown here, was wounded during the November 1995 car bombing of the Office for Program Management of the Saudi Arabian National Guard (OPM-SANG) headquarters building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  He and more than 40 other civilian employees received the Purple Heart; five Americans were killed in the attack. Turner is the only employee listed on the plaque still employed at USASAC.

I did not know that civilians were eligible to receive the Purple Heart from 1962 to 1998. Civilians who are killed or wounded as a result of hostile action now receive the new Defense of Freedom Medal.

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