Neal Gordon of Danville got quite the surprise not too long ago. On the table where his coffee group meets was a box addressed to him. In the box was a folded — military-style — an American flag, and a citation.
Gordon eventually found out the flag was brought back for him by recently-promoted Capt. Adam Hoover of the United States Marine Corps. Hoover returned from Afghanistan a few months ago, Gordon noted, and currently is in California. Hoover’s stepfather, Tom Tye, slipped the box into the coffee club, Gordon said.
“I didn’t know how he did it,” Gordon explained. “It just showed up. His mother didn’t know how it got there.
“I was in the Marine Corps. ... This just floored me.”
Gordon retired from the United States Marine Corps in November 1946 as a private first class.
The citation reads:
“United States Marine Corps
This is to certify that the accompanying American Flag was flown in Musa Qal’eh District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on 20 February 2012. This Flag was flown for Neal Gordon By the Second Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment at Musa Qul’eh District Center, Helmand Province, Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom 2011-2 from August 2011-April 2012.
‘We will not waver, we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and Freedom will prevail.’ PresidentGeorge W. Bush, October 7, 2001.”
The citation was signed by D.K. Williams, Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps., Battalion Sergeant Major, Second Battalion, 4th Marines; and W.H. Vivian, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps., Battaltion Commander, Second Battalion, 4th Marines.