For those that served: Veteran shares battle experiences
NAPPANEE — Sergeant First Class Dewey Ray Price was the featured speaker Monday at the 2013 Nappanee Memorial Day Ceremony.
The U.S. Army Ranger served 35 years as both a platoon sergeant and sergeant first class.
Over three decades, Price served during Vietnam War and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as in Bosnia.
Speaking of his time in Vietnam, Price described being secured down for the night when he heard the faintest sound of a “click.”
He and fellow soldiers quickly discovered that it was the enemy cutting their safety wires to begin an attack on the Americans.
Due to both his service and injuries suffered in that fight, Price received a Purple Heart.
Though the injuries are not visibly apparent, they are permanent.
Still that was not enough to sever Price’s commitment, dedication or service. He served in the military for 35 years.
During that time, he served with the 8th Airborne Division, Germany; the 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, Ky.; the 75th Ranger Unit, Ft. Benning, Ga.; the 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C.; and the 7th Cos Com Airborne Unit, Iraq.
Price retired in 2006.
Also featured at the memorial ceremony was vocalist Steve Hunsberger who sang the National Anthem in honor of his son, Staff Sgt. Travis Hunsberger.
Hunsberger died June 27, 2008, while serving in Lamay, Afghanistan.
“To see someone like that pay tribute to all soldiers of all wars – a tribute from the father of a fallen soldier – was pretty special,” said Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson.