Spc. Jeffrey Reedy, son of Don and Nancy Reedy of Hagerstown, recently was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded March 18 in Iraq.
What made the medal ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., particularly special was that Reedy's medal was pinned on him by his grandfather. Yale L. Hanks, 90, is a World War II veteran and former Hagerstown resident who lives in York, Pa.
According to a story in The York (Pa.) Dispatch, Reedy, serving with a Pennsylvania National Guard unit assigned to the 28th Infantry Division, was shot in the hand while patrolling an Iraqi town near Camp Habeneya.
According to the story, he volunteered to join the Tennessee National Guard following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, enlisting specifically to be deployed to Iraq.