Meet the Heroes adopted by the Houston chapter

  • Cpl. Daniel Peterson US Marine Corps


    On July 24, 2010, Marine Sniper Corporal Daniel Peterson was returning from a classified mission in the Southern Helmand Providence of Afghanistan when the team encountered a bomb.  The explosion threw Cpl Peterson more than ten feet in the air and created a 6-foot by 6-foot crater into the Earth.  Cpl Peterson sustained amputation of both of his legs, a fractured pelvis, and many other broken bones and shrapnel because of the explosion.

    Cpl Peterson placed tourniquets on his own legs and never lost consciousness while waiting for the Corpsmen to get to him.  Cpl Peterson was treated by the Corpsman while being prepared to be evacuated.

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  • SFC Henry Escobedo US Army


    SFC Henry Escobedo served 12 years in the United States Army as an indirect-fire
    infantryman before being medically discharged in 2014. Born in Guatemala, Henry and his
    family immigrated to the United States of America when Henry was nine years old. When
    Henry was nineteen, he joined the United States Army. In 2003, during Operation Iraqi
    Freedom, Henry had his first deployment as an Infantryman with the 2 nd  Battalion,
    37 th  Armor, 1 st  Armor Division to Baghdad/Al Kufa-Najaf, Iraq.

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  • SGT Preston Kaplan US Army

    The Joshua Chamberlain Society of Houston is honored and pleased to recognize SGT Preston Kaplan as our third hero and humbled to have him join the JCS family. SGT Preston Kaplan is a retired Army Veteran who served his country for 7 years. SGT Kaplan’s wife, SFC Nicole Kaplan is a 12-year Army Veteran. The two met in elementary school and were junior high and high school sweethearts. They have been married for 16yrs.

    In October 2005 SGT Kaplan deployed to Yusufiyah Iraq, a small town located within the borders of what is known as the Triangle of Death. He was assigned to Bravo Company 1/502nd Infantry Regiment, 2D Brigade, 101st Airborne Division as an Infantry saw gunner.  Their mission was preserving the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people.  Returning home from deployment in 2006, SGT Kaplan was selected to transfer companies to HHC, 1/502nd IN BN, and become an infantry sniper for the elite scouts platoon. He deployed for his second tour in October 2007 to the Kadhimiya District of Baghdad Iraq.

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Houston News

      Joshua Chamberlain Society, its volunteers, and especially the JCS Houston heroes want to extend a heartfelt thanks to Big Star Ford in Pearland, TX for all the vehicle improvements extended to the Escobedo family. Both, Rick Law, the general manager, and Jeff Kuithe, service manager, went beyond the call of duty in […]

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Good Morning – I wanted to take a few moments and send out a heartfelt THANK-YOU to all our volunteers, participants and donors that made the First Annual JCS-Houston Clay Shoot a resounding success. The time spent up front by our board members, our volunteer coordinators, our sponsors and by all those that have held [...]

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