The following veterans were honored at the 2019 Majestic 4 US Troops Golf Tournament
SSG James Napier
SSG Napier completed 4 tours in combat from the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, and Iraq during this 10-year military career before processing for medical retirement. Joining the military straight out of high school, he has been stationed out of Fort Bliss, TX; Camp Stanley, Korea; Camp Red Cloud, Korea; Fort Polk, LA; Wildflicken, Germany; and Fort Bragg, NC. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart and continues to recover from injuries mentally and physically. A graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College and Campbell University, he is a resident of Fayetteville, NC and is the father of three college-aged children.
SGT Anthony Von Canon
SGT Anthony Von Canon was in the United States Army from 2006 to 2014. He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry Division out of Anchorage, Alaska. He deployed with this unit as an Interrogator and was injured in Khowst Province, Afghanistan in 2009 during a rocket attack. Anthony sustained injuries to his back, neck, and hip and exacerbated previous injuries incurred as a paratrooper. He currently has titanium rods in his leg and hip and receives weekly treatments for his spine and neck. Anthony has worked as a Military Intelligence Instructor for the Department of Defense, and as a Private Investigator. Anthony’s wife Arlette served in the Army Reserves and worked as a defense contractor. Before his injuries, Anthony enjoyed playing and coaching several sports. He now enjoys watching his daughter play some of the same sports. Anthony and his wife Arlette love this country and helping others. They enjoy going to church, volunteering, and spending time with their three children.
Gunnery Sergeant Ryan J. Kuperus
US Marine Corps
Enlisting at the age of 18, Gunnery Sergeant Ryan Kuperus’ 19 year career in the US Marine Corps included multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was seriously injured in a HUMM-V rollover. He served two tours with the US Marine Corps as well as serving with US Marine Corps Reserves. Many personal decorations include the Purple Heart and Navy Commendation Medal with “V”. In September of 2015 GySgt Kuperus was assigned to Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune, NC. Gunnery Sergeant Kuperus is married to Kelli Oosterling Kuperus and they have three children: Dylan (14), Shelby (10), and Ryli (3). They are currently living in Wilmington, NC.
Staff Sergeant Jeremy Austin
US Marine Corps
Raised in Statesville, NC, Jeremy Austin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in March 1999 after high school graduation. He served 12 years including 5 combat tours – 3 to Iraq and 2 to Afghanistan. On April 11, 2009, Jeremy was injured by an IED when his vehicle drove over it. The resulting injuriest of the blast were bilateral amputation, fractured pelvis, broken right elbow, multiple broken ribs, broken nose and his front teeth being knocked out. After almost 2 years of rehabilitation, he was medically retired from the Marine Corps. Jeremy is married to Crissy, who is a Marine Corps veteran as well, with two sons Dylan (14) and Colby (6) and daughter Quinn (4).
SFC Andrew Walker
Drew Walker was born in Beckley, WV and enlisted in the United States Army in 2002 at the age of 20. He has served over 17 years, now assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg, NC. He has deployed in support of various operation including Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2004), Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan (2011-2012), Global War on Terrorism Contingency Opeartions in United Arab Emirates/Jordan (2014). SFC Walker was wounded in combat with Special Forces, and among many decorations has received the Bronze Star Medal and two Purple Hearts.