CPL Jonathan Ayers' Family To Accept His Silver Star Posthumously in Ceremony Celebrating His Life
"I want this ceremony to be a celebration," said the corporal's father, Bill Ayers. "He was military. He liked spit-and-polish type things and would fuss at us if our shoes weren't cleaned just right. Pride in his country was paramount."
Published: March 26,2009
Atlanta-Area Soldier Will Be Honored Posthumously Sunday
Amid a formal gathering of family, friends, Soldiers, civic and public officials, Brig. Gen. Joseph Schroedel (commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division) will present a posthumous Silver Star medal to Bill and Suzanne Ayers, the parents of Army Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, at Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga., March 29.
Ayers, 24, of Snellville was killed in action July 13, 2008, while as a machine gunner, he defended his unit against a vicious enemy attack.
His unit, the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Vicenza, Italy, came under the deadliest attack since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan when the outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in the Kunar Province.
After graduating from Snellville's Shiloh High School, Ayers enlisted in the Army in April 2006 and went straight from basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga., to the 173rd.
"I want this ceremony to be a celebration," said the corporal's father, Bill Ayers. "He was military. He liked spit-and-polish type things and would fuss at us if our shoes weren't cleaned just right. Pride in his country was paramount."...
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