General Motors Names Five New Military Hero Finalists
By: Stevie Hoey
November 7, 2011 9:39 am CT
On Friday, November 11, the nation will celebrate Veterans Day and honor the men and women who serve our country. The Driving the Midwest team is observing this holiday by once again spotlighting Illinois military heroes.
Our finalists were nominated thanks to their military service, support of family members currently serving our country and their unsung daily acts of heroics in their communities.
It is now up to you to decide the next Our Town, Our Heroes winner! Take a few moments to read about each finalist, and cast your vote for who inspires you the most. After the voting period, the finalist with the most votes, as well as his or her nominator, will receive a week-long loan of a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle.
Larry McCoy from Decatur, nominated by Craig McCoy
My father has always been my hero. I am proud to say my father served his entire career in the United States military. My dad enlisted in the military during the Vietnam War. He didn’t get drafted; he made a decision to put himself in harm’s way to protect his country. After Vietnam and his first enlistment, my father joined the Army National Guard and served the rest of his career there before retiring at the rank of first sergeant.
Our family has great military roots, and many of our relatives have served in multiple wars. I currently serve in the Army National Guard, and I would not be who I am today without his direction, guidance and wisdom. My dad is my hero and my role model as a soldier.
Stephen Bublitz from Decatur, nominated by Stephanie Bublitz
My father, Stephen Bublitz, was drafted into the Marines at the age of 19 during the Vietnam War. After receiving the draft letter, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps without hesitation. During his two years overseas, he led soldiers through mine fields, lived in fox holes and provided medical care and food to the Vietnamese. He risked his life in combat and watched his friends and fellow soldiers give the ultimate sacrifice beside him.
After his honorable discharge, he returned home and enlisted in the Seabees where he traveled to California, Puerto Rico and other areas to further serve our country. Though now retired, he is still very protective of our country and will always be a United States Marine.
Corey Griffin from Belleville, nominated by Tabatha Griffin
My husband Corey joined the Army in 2007 in an effort to support our family. He wanted to serve his country on the frontlines and was deployed to Iraq in 2009. After returning last December, he still manages to keep a smile on his face even after everything he has gone through. He is my hero for putting his life on the line not only for his country, but for our family as well.
Amanda Hunter from Alton, nominated by Thomas Hunter
My wife has been the most inspiring person to me since the day we met. She supported me while I was overseas and even left her family to live with me when I was stationed out of state. Her love, patience and support of my service to our country have never waivered. She is a hero for supporting me as a soldier and changing her life so we can live ours together.
Scott Johnson from Chicago, nominated by Jamie Johnson
My husband Scott Johnson is not only a soldier, but my hero. He has been in the Army for more than 13 years and has deployed to Iraq. He holds his soldiers and the Army in very high regard. Scott is also a hero here at home; he is the go-to man in our family and is always willing to lend a helping hand.
Remember, only one vote per person per round! We actively monitor voting to ensure all votes follow the Our Town, Our Heroes Contest Rules.
Voting for this round of Our Town, Our Heroes ends at 6:00 P.M. CST on November 13, 2011. We will announce the winner and the winning hero’s nominator on November 14, so be sure to keep checking DrivingtheMidwest.com and follow us on Twitter @DrivingMidwest for real-time updates.
Remember, we’re always accepting nominations for Our Town, Our Heroes, so nominate YOUR hero today.