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Donald P Sloat Medal of Honor

Posted on 9/9/2014 by Simon Williams
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VIETNAM WAR HERO, MEDAL OF HONOR NOMINEE, ARMY SPECIALIST DONALD P. SLOAT, TO BE HONORED ON WEDNESDAY IN COWETA

On Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, at 12:00 noon, Coweta Mayor Robert Morton and the City of Coweta will host a public ceremony honoring the upcoming awarding of the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Specialist Donald P. Sloat, for his actions while serving in combat in Vietnam in 1970.

The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest military honor.

The Wednesday, noon ceremony is planned to take place at The First Baptist Church of Coweta, 15296 S. State Highway 72 (on Highway 72, just south of East 151st Street South).

During the ceremony the Mayor will read a City Proclamation, declaring September 15, 2014 to be “Specialist Donald P. Sloat, Medal of Honor Day,” in the City of Coweta. The ceremony also will include the laying of a wreath and remarks on Specialist Sloat and his service in Vietnam.

Specialist Four Sloat’s siblings have been invited to attend, and the ceremony is open to the general public.

Later in the week, family will travel to Washington, D.C. to join the President at the White House, where Specialist Sloat’s brother, Dr. William Sloat of Enid, will accept the Medal of Honor on behalf of their brother, on Monday, September 15th.

Donald P. Sloat grew up in Coweta and attended Coweta High School. He entered the Army on March 19, 1969. He served in combat in Vietnam as an M60 machine gunner with 3rd Platoon, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. He was killed in action on January 17, 1970, at the age of 20. Specialist Four Sloat distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of Hawk Hill Fire Base, in the Republic of Vietnam.

On that day, his squad was conducting a patrol when one of the Soldiers triggered a hand grenade trap placed in their path by enemy forces. Specialist Four Sloat picked up the live grenade, initially to throw it away from his squad. However, when he realized that detonation was imminent, he chose to shield its blast with his own body, sacrificing his own life to save the lives of three of his fellow Soldiers.

The City’s Proclamation at the Wednesday noon ceremony in Coweta will ask all citizens, veterans, current military personnel, families, clubs, churches, businesses, and schools to give personal attention to September 15th, the day of the Medal of Honor ceremony in Washington.

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