Bruce McQuain from Blackfive joined us once again for Someone You Should Know, our weekly tribute to the troops. Bruce spent 28 years in the U.S. Army and he is a veteran of the Vietnam war. He brings a perspective and understanding to these stories that we could never match.

This week Bruce told us about Wyatt Waldron who enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 17, on Sept. 12, 2001.

“Sept. 11 kind of felt like a slap in the face to me,” he said. “I felt like it was my duty to go and try to do something.”

Nearly five years and three combat tours in Iraq later, Waldron has achieved a distinction few, if any, others serving in that conflict can cite: three medals for combat valor.

Waldron, 22, retired from the Marines in February as a lance corporal. But he returned to his Twentynine Palms base on Tuesday for the latest and most prestigious of his honors, the awarding of the Silver Star, the third-highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces for valor.

The Someone You Should Know radio collaboration began as an extension of Matt Burden’s series at Blackfive. Bruce does an incredible job with the series every week. The SYSK archive can be found here and The Pundit Review Radio Podcast RSS feed can be found here and you can find us on iTunes at Pundit Review Radio.

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