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Master Sergeant David Alan Major | Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame

Master Sergeant David Alan Major

Master Sergeant Major of Alma earned the Bronze Star Medal for valor during the first Gulf War (Desert Storm) as an Army Combat Medic. He also received four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal during his 20 years career in the Army.

During Operation Desert Storm in February 1991, he was cited for bravery during the ground phase of that first Gulf War. As a Frontline Medic assigned to the 1st Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red 1).  On the night of February 27th, 1991, his unit was engaging the enemy while moving through the desert during low visibility and bad weather conditions. He was inside his ambulance converted armored personnel carrier just behind the M1 Tanks in what he described as a wedge formation when an urgent call came over the radio for Medics. One of the armored Bradley Fighting Vehicles in his unit had been hit and there were casualties. Without regard for himself and while under enemy fire and in a heavily land-minded area, he helped treat five injured Scouts, some with life-threatening wounds. Once stabilized, he and his partner evacuated the wounded soldiers to an aid station further behind the unit's formation. After this was accomplished, he rejoined his unit forward and continued on with a mission. Later on, the unit learned that those Wounded Warriors had all survived and were being treated at a field hospital near the rear. The company commander of B Company praised him and his partner for what they had done. 

For that action he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. The citation reads as follows:  The Bronze Star Medal for Heroism in support of combat operations on 27 February 1991. While serving as a Combat Medic, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion 34th Armor, 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized). While under enemy fire his heroic action and courage were key to the flawless execution of the unit's mission, the destruction of Iraqi Ground Forces and the liberation of Kuwait. Specialist Major’s unwavering courage and confidence were in keeping with the proudest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division and the United States Army. 

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