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Army Hero: David M. Harrell

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My Army hero is my dad, David Harrell. He served in the US Army for 20 years — from May 2nd, 1963 to June of 1983. When he retired, he was a Chief Warrant Officer 3. My dad is a survivor. Not only did he serve in Vietnam unscathed, he recently defeated cancer — twice.

Several years ago he was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer. Even after learning that there were only 4 stages of this cancer and that he was not a candidate for surgery, he kept his resolve. He had hunting and fishing to do in his retirement years and we was not planning on missing it. After many months of chemo, he was declared cancer free. About 2 months ago, he learned that he had more cancer under his tongue. After a quick surgery where he was cut from his ear to his neck, he was declared cancer-free again.

You’re my hero dad!!


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