Illinois combat vet earns action badge for Army service
Harry Stubbs has been awarded the Combat Action Badge from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), according to a press release.
The military recognition is awarded to U.S. Army soldiers who engage the enemy and face hostile fire or imminent danger.
“I am honored to present this badge to Mr. Stubbs and thank him for serving this wonderful country,” IDAV Director Erica Jeffries, who is also a civilian aide to the secretary of Army, said, according to a statement.
According to the press release, Stubbs served for three years in the Army and was medically discharged after suffering injuries in combat in 2005. He was behind the wheel of a up-armored vehicle when it hit an explosive device. Stubbs then had contact with the enemy as he tried to stay conscious while awaiting a rescue helicopter. He was at risk of his foot needing to be amputated because of gangrene and shrapnel. He suffered cuts and scars on his right ankle and shrapnel in his left foot.