On November 5, 2023, the Heart Strings for Heroes Foundation honored one of UES’ own, Daniel Hullett, CSD Field Technician from Tampa, FL. Dan’s mother, Janice Hullett, was also on hand for the 11th Annual Purple Heart Golf Tournament who supported 5 wounded Purple Heart Combat Heroes and the family of a Fallen Soldier.
“Magic Man Dan” as he is affectionately called at UES Tampa, joined the U.S. Army as a Junior in high school through the DEP (Delayed Entry Program), just after the United States’ September 11, 2001, attacks. In 2004, he was deployed to Iraq and placed on the QRF (Quick Reaction Force) as the Ammo bearer for a gun team. His first taste of combat came within hours of landing as he fought in the 2nd battle of Fallujah. On March 24, 2005, in Mosul, Dan was hit by a grenade an arm’s length from his head and shot in the shoulder. Despite being resuscitated several times during surgery and suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury, Dan was back on patrol just 2 months later. In 2007, he participated in the longest battle of Iraq, the 2nd battle for Sadr City. His Company was surrounded and for nearly 2 weeks, Dan got about 9 hours of sleep and survived almost entirely on sunflower seeds. When he rejoined his battalion, his commander said he looked like he just came out of a POW camp. Dan transferred to the 101st Airborne Division and headed to Afghanistan in 2010. Based at Combat Outpost Michigan at the mouth of the Korengal Valley, they were constantly surrounded and repeatedly fired upon, while hiding out in the protective narrow tunnels. Following this deployment, Dan separated from the U.S. Army in May of 2012.
If anyone would like to learn more about this foundation, please visit HeartStringsforHeroes.org. We appreciate all of our Veterans for their sacrifice and service.
Article written by Nancy Pedersen, Project Estimator, CSD – Tampa, Florida
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