Jerry served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1969 in both Ft. Hood, Texas and Chu Lai, Vietnam. He was a member of H-Troop 17th Cavalry as a gunner on an armored personnel carrier (APC).
Jerry passed away in December 2011 at just 66 years old.
Jerry’s son, Jeremy, who served in the Marine Corps Reserves, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, was initially nominated for the NFM Salute but instead chose to recognize his father. Jeremy describes him as an overall incredible man and loving father.
“He loved me and my sister unconditionally. I’ve never felt that kind of love from anybody. My dad was always there to help. I respect what he did. He went over there and served selflessly. He was a very good man; I wish I could be half the man that he was.”
Jeremy chose the Gary Sinise Foundation to receive this month’s donation in his father’s honor.