Five Southeastern Indiana heroes were honored on the field at Great American Ball Park on Opening Day, April 3, 2017 before the start of the game.
All five are Purple Heart recipients and they were introduced to the crowd and then presented a Reds cap, certificate and Reds challenge coin by Reds COO Phil Castellini and President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dick Williams.
Honored by the Reds were:
Mike Roth, Rising Sun, received two Purple Hearts while serving in the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan in the Army.
Lawrenceburg Hero Brett Bondurant, U.S. Army, who was badly wounded in Afghanistan and awarded the Purple Heart.
Ebbie Roberts, U.S. Marine Corps, who lives in Greendale, was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered against the Viet Cong in Vietnam.
Walt Bryant, Aurora and originally from Lawrenceburg, served 21 years in the Army including Korea and Vietnam and was awarded two Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in Vietnam, where he did two tours of duty. Walt also earned three Bronze Stars.
Bush White, Rising Sun, was a D-Day survivor on June 6, 1944 during the Normandy Invasion and was later awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered at Puffendorf, Germany as well as the Bronze Star. As a proud World War II Veteran, Bush is a part of America’s Greatest Generation.
They were escorted to the game by Ron Spurlock, Jerry Bondurant and PG Gentrup.