Two local members of the U.S. military who were decorated for service in Afghanistan will be recognized Thursday as part of the 2010 Trojan Labor American Hero Awards. The event will be on the fantail deck of the aircraft carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point.
The first award will be given to Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Kutilek, a 2001 Citadel graduate who was injured earlier this year
The second award will be presented to Tech Sgt. Michael Williams, who is assigned to the Charleston Air Force Base. He was injured in Afghanistan in 2009.
Kutilek was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during his third tour of duty while serving with the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines in Helmand province. On March 5, Kutilek was leading his men around a corner when he sustained a rifle shot in the right leg.
Williams, of the 628 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, was on patrol in August 2009 near the Mushan village in Afghanistan when a device exploded, taking off his left leg. While under fire, Williams assisted in medically treating his own wounds while conducting a post-blast analysis to prevent injury to future EOD teams. For his actions, Williams was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor, adding to his other recognitions.
Special guest speaker is Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, a Medal of Honor recipient and Marine Corps retiree. Additional guests include Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon, Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails and representatives from The Citadel and the Charleston Air Force Base.
– Post And Courier