Heroics of Jonesboro Soldier Featured in Stars & Stripes

JUNE 17, 2005 - Posted at 4:04 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - The heroics of an Army soldier from Jonesboro are featured in an article in the latest edition of the U.S. miltary's newpaper, Stars and Stripes. 

The article details the April 11, 2004, actions of Specialist Blair Boyette, a Jonesboro High School graduate now stationed in Germany.  But on a fateful day just over a year ago, Boyette was serving with the Army's 1st Battalion, 77th Armored Regiment in Iraq when the truck he was driving was hit by a roadside bombing attack from insurgents.  The truck then came under heavy gunfire, and his passenger, Sergeant Arthur Coleman, was badly wounded.

According to the article, Boyette administered first aid to Coleman and stayed with him as the two men continue to dodge enemy fire until the two could be rescued.  According to Coleman, "If Boyette wouldn't have put that dressing on my arm, my arm would have been amputated."  For his actions, Boyette earned the Army's Bronze Star.

Boyette is the son of Wyatt and Terie Boyette of Jonesboro.  The Stars and Stripes article can be found on the Web at www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=29720.