Face of Defense: Marine Gives Back to Community
By Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew D. Johnston
2nd Marine Division
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Nov. 25, 2011 An active duty Marine Corps noncommissioned officer was recognized for his outstanding service to the city of Jacksonville, N.C., during a Nov. 22 ceremony at the municipality’s town hall.
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Daniel G. Stoy, assigned here to the 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, received a standing ovation when he received the city’s Outstanding Veterans Award.
Stoy, who earned three Purple Hearts from wounds he received in Iraq, serves as the sergeant-at-arms for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Beirut Memorial Chapter 642.
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Daniel G. Stoy, a Hudson Falls, N.Y., native and infantry unit leader with 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., receives the Outstanding Veterans Award presented by the city of Jacksonville, N.C., at the municipality’s town hall Nov. 22, 2011. Stoy was recognized for his outstanding work in the community. Courtesy photo
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“Each of the different veteran chapters here in Jacksonville was allowed to put up one nominee for the award, which is basically for your service in the community,” said Stoy, who hails from Hudson Falls, N.Y. “This the first time that The Military Order Of The Purple Heart has had an active duty member up for the award in two or three years.
“Basically [the award is for] all of the volunteer work I’ve done after the tornados hit,” he added. “I had my whole [team] out there working with me.”
Some tornados struck the Jacksonville area in late summer, Stoy said, destroying homes and leveling businesses. He gathered up a group of Marines to help out.
“If there is any time that we need help, Staff Sgt. Stoy always gets his troops for us,” said Verl H. Matthews, senior vice commander of the local Purple Heart Chapter. “He asks for volunteers and he and his guys always come and help.
“These guys are some of the hardest workers,” Matthews continued, “and I just got done signing about 20 appreciation letters this morning. He has just done so much for us and the community.”
Stoy, a married father of three children, said he juggles his duties as a Marine, a community volunteer and husband. He said his wife makes it all work.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of my wonderful wife,” Stoy said. “She has fully supported me in everything. She’s here taking care of the home front while I’m out volunteering. It’s that basic love and your basic husband and wife support -- she has been great.”
Stoy said was very humbled to receive the award. He attributes his love for community service to his late father.
“It feels good to be honored like this because my father, who just passed in October, always used to tell us, ‘What you give is what you get,’ so it meant a lot to get it," Stoy said. “Between the balance of work and the balance of volunteering it was tough. But just being able to see the looks on people’s faces, when you’re out there helping just makes it all worth it in the end.”