Yankees honor Penn Yan hometown hero

When was the last time someone from Penn Yan stood on the baseball diamond at Yankee Stadium during a game? If you said April 17, 2018, you would be correct.

Dylan Duncan may not live here anymore, but when he was invited to be the honored veteran at Yankee Stadium last week, he didn’t hesitate to list Penn Yan as his hometown.

Duncan says he chose to have his hometown announced as Penn Yan because he wanted to see the community recognized for something positive.

“I had a good life there (in Penn Yan), explains Duncan, a member of the Penn Yan Academy class of 2005 who left Yates County to join the Army with the famed 101st Airborne Division, known as the Screaming Eagles.

While deployed, the 101st 3rd Brigade Rakkasans were involved in multiple firefights. In June of 2010 they entered into a three-hour engagement along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. During the battle, they took on heavy fire and an explosion from an enemy RPG hit a tree in close proximity to Duncan and another member from his Platoon. Shrapnel entered Duncan’s arm and hand and critically injured his friend. He ignored his wounds and took to immediate care of his fellow Eagle. Duncan and his unit were able to med-evac his injured friend, saving his life. Because of his heroic actions, Duncan was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with the Valor Device. This is the fourth highest military decoration for valor and is cited for heroism in combat. He also received the Purple Heart for being wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of an enemy.

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