Dec­o­rated vet­eran to speak at Springville se­nior cen­ter

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Dianne King

Gor­don L. Ewell is an award-win­ning au­thor, in­spir­ing mo­ti­va­tional speaker and de­voted veterans ' ad­vo­cate. He will speak on We­de­nes­day, Nov 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the Springville Se­nior Cen­ter, lo­cated at 65 E. 200 South in Springville. His topic is "Re-mem­ber­ing is Heal­ing"

Ewell was med­i­cally re­tired and hon­or­ably dis­charged from the U.S. Army in 2010 hav­ing served ac­tive duty in both the Army and Utah Army Na­tional Guard.

Through 2005 and 2006, Master Sergeant Ewell served in the war in Iraq in the Ex­plo­sive Haz­ard Co­or­di­na­tion Cell un­der the Multi­na­tional Corps Com­man­der over all 29 coun­tries fight­ing the war. While there, he com­pleted about 60 dan­ger­ous combat mis­sions, earn­ing the Bronze Star in part for pre­serv­ing sol­diers’ lives and per­form­ing un­der en­emy at­tack. He was the first se­nior NCO in a spe­cial Mo­bile Ob­ser­va­tion Team and coau­thored the first mod­ern-day war­fare hand­book used by U.S. sol­diers with the ar­du­ous mis­sion of “route clear­ance.” His teams were find­ing more than 100 bombs per day and more than 3,100 per month. Six times he was in a ve­hi­cle di­rectly blown up by road­side bombs as well as twice more. Af­ter the last ex­plo­sion, he re­turned home to be­gin a long six-year re­cov­ery pe­riod from in­juries which in­cluded, among oth­ers, a bro­ken neck, se­vere trau­matic brain in­jury, cra­nial fa­cial re­con­struc­tion, loss of his right eye, se­vere vis­ual dam­age, hear­ing loss and many neu­ro­log­i­cal in­juries. He Ea­gleS­tate re­ceived Amon­gof Moun­tainthe Utah­his Pur­pleother Ex­ec­u­tiveCity’s note­wor­thyHeart. Cit­i­zen Award of award­s­the of Mer­itYear,are fromthe My­er­s­the De­part­ment Ev­er­green of Memo­rial’sPublic Safety, Hu­man­i­tar­ian and of the Year. Ewell was pre­sented the high­est award the Com­mon­wealth of Ken­tucky can be­stow, a com­mis­sion as a “Ken­tucky Colonel.” He is the au­thor of five books in­clud­ing “Dung in My Fox­hole” and “A Life­time at War,” which re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Eric Hof­fer Award in 2015 for Ex­cel­lence in Lit­er­a­ture. Ewell con­tin­ues to serve veterans at the Ge­orge E. Wal­hen V.A. Med­i­cal Com­plex in Salt Lake City as a mem­ber of the hos­pi­tal’s Vol­un­teer Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, as an ad­vi­sor to the War­rior Tran­si­tion As­sis­tance Team (Fort Knox), and as a board mem­ber of the amaz­ing char­ity Hand in Hand Out­doors and the Amer­i­can He­roes Project, help­ing veterans and their fam­i­lies suf­fer­ing from se­vere dis­abil­i­ties and PTSD.

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