From contributed reports
Pfc. Luke Adam Bedortha, the son of Bill and Edie Bedortha of Huntly, has received a promotion to specialist. He saw combat in Afghanistan and is now serving stateside.
While in Afghanistan, Bedortha was proposed for a citation for meritorious service while assigned to the 92nd Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion. He distinguished himself while serving as a gunner during 300 combat missions. On Sept. 28, 2009, after his patrol was struck by direct fire, Bedortha supported and effectively engaged an enemy position, causing the enemy to break contact. His actions led to the capture of enemy personnel and discovery of a weapons cache.
Bedortha also directly participated in the training of the Afghan National Police (ANP) in the Paktya province.
He received the Army Commendation Medal, Certificate of Appreciation from Special Operation Task Force East for his actions on March 23 in treating and aiding in the Medevac evacuation of four wounded personnel. His swift response and the medical attention he provided prevented further casualties. He also received a certificate of Achievement for his support to the 3rd Battalion 172nd Infantry (mountain). He received five medal coins for his support in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Besides his parents, Bedortha has a brother, Billy, of Flint Hill, and he is the grandson of Lorene Dwyer of Sperryville and Jeanie Bedortha of Dallas, Ore.
The Army specialist and his family would like to thank everyone their prayers for his safety and the care packages that kept him happy. He is now stationed at Fort Carson, Colo.