By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The L.A. Rams recognize a military Veteran at each home game. This week its Master Sergeant Lind is a Pennsylvania native. He joined the Marines right out of high school in 1989.
In August 2004, Gunnery Sergeant Lind reported to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, for duty as Platoon Sergeant, subsequently making a second and third deployment to Iraq. On June 14th 2007, Gunnery Sergeant Lind’s vehicle was attacked by a pressure plate IED. The blast from the device amputated his legs from the knee down. Making a fast recovery, he took his first steps two months from the day of the attack.
Continuing to surpass expectations, Gunnery Sergeant Lind walked in formation to receive his promotion to his current rank of Master Sergeant on November 1st, 2007. Master Sergeant Lind continues his road to recovery while filling duties as Operations Chief, A Co, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. Master Sergeant Lind’s Personal awards include; the Purple Heart, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V” and 4 Gold Stars and the Combat Action Ribbon with 2 Gold Stars.
Davey Lind continues to contribute to the defense of the nation from the private sector today. He resides in Southern California.