Sharing his experiences


Sgt. Gary Yoakam shared some of his experiences as an infantry member in the U.S. Army with Indian Lake Elementary students in grades K-4 Monday for Veterans Day. He wore his Class A uniform and explained what each item represented. Sgt. Yoakam explained that he went to infantry school, airborne school and air assault school, and was a member of the 101st Airborne unit that was stationed in Ft. Campbell, Ky., from 2001-2002. He shared with the students how further medals or challenge coins can be earned by doing extraordinary things. The Indian Lake area resident was deployed to Iraq, and was injured in combat in November 2003 when he was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. As a result of the incident, he lost one of his arms. He received a Purple Heart Award and is now medically retired. The students shook his hand to thank him and wish him a happy Veterans Day. Sgt. Yoakam’s three daughters, Lacey, Libby and Layla, attend Indian Lake Elementary. (PHOTO | INDIAN LAKE SCHOOLS)