On the way to Easter Jeep Safari in Moab Utah!

Bill Craig (DesertJeep from JK-Forum.com) is driving the Fallen Heroes Jeep to Moab Utah tonight. I will meet him there to pick it up on Thursday the 17th and bring it back to Phoenix on Sunday the 20th. Unfortunately we ran out of time and didn’t get to do the paint, so I will be looking for a paint sponsor (along with other items) in the Phoenix area when we get back. It’s still a work in progress but I think it looks great!

Thank you for all of our sponsors for help us get this far! You all rock!

The build date is set!

RebelOffRoadWe are very happy to announce that we will be driving the Fallen Heroes Jeep from Phoenix, Arizona out to beautiful Laguna Hills, California to the Rebel Off Road shop to start the build on Saturday, March 8th! We can’t wait to meet everyone on the build team. Look for photos of our visit to follow soon afterwards!

The Fallen Heroes Jeep area on JK-Forum is now live!

JK-ForumJK-FORUM and Internet Brands are proud to announce our partnership with US Army veteran Robert Basil, builder of the Fallen Heroes Car, in the building of the Fallen Heroes Jeep, a rolling, crawling, mudding tribute to America’s military veterans. Over the next few months you can watch as Rebel Off-Road brings together components from our generous project partners in the creation of a tough and capable JK to be unveiled at Easter Jeep Safari in Moab.

Our new home on JK-Forum can be found at:

http://www.jk-forum.com/forums/fallen-heroes-jeep-build-205/

Godspeed Hero among Heroes

Cpl. Hernandez

Cpl. Hernandez

It is with a heavy heart that on this Christmas day we say farewell and godspeed to Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Rodolfo Perez “Rudy” Hernandez. Cpl. Hernandez passed away on Saturday, December 21st.

Hernandez, a Mexican-American, was one of eight children born to a farmworker. At a young age his family moved from Colton where Hernandez was born, to Fowler, California, where he received his primary education. In 1948, when he was 17 years old, he joined the United States Army with his parents’ consent.

After completing his basic training, Hernandez volunteered for paratrooper school. Upon the completion of his paratrooper training he was sent to Germany, where he was stationed until the outbreak of the Korean War.

Cpl. Hernandez, a member of Company G, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy.

His platoon, in defensive positions on Hill 420, came under ruthless attack by a numerically superior and fanatical hostile force, accompanied by heavy artillery, mortar, and machinegun fire which inflicted numerous casualties on the platoon.

His comrades were forced to withdraw due to lack of ammunition but Cpl. Hernandez, although wounded in an exchange of grenades, continued to deliver deadly fire into the ranks of the onrushing assailants until a ruptured cartridge rendered his rifle inoperative.

Immediately leaving his position, Cpl. Hernandez rushed the enemy armed only with rifle and bayonet.

Fearlessly engaging the foe, he killed 6 of the enemy before falling unconscious from grenade, bayonet, and bullet wounds but his heroic action momentarily halted the enemy advance and enabled his unit to counterattack and retake the lost ground.

The indomitable fighting spirit, outstanding courage, and tenacious devotion to duty clearly demonstrated by Cpl. Hernandez reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry, and the U.S. Army

Following the award, Cpl. Hernandez became a counselor to wounded veterans of Korean and Vietnam wars, working for the Veterans Administration. That work, as much as his actions in Korea, has become his lasting legacy, and in August, Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion Complex was rededicated in his name.