The Spirit of Anne Frank Awards
 

The Tiaraderrah Foundation
2006 Outstanding Citizenship Award

         
CAPTAIN
ANTHONY
FOURNIER

FIRST
LIEUTENANT
BILLY
CHAU

FIRST
LIEUTENANT
JEFFERY
MORAN

FIRST
LIEUTENANT
CHARLES
MORGAN

FIRST
SERGEANT
BOBBY
MAYFIELD

SERGEANT
FIRST CLASS
MICHAEL SONEN

STAFF
SERGEANT
ARCHER FORD
SERGEANT
NICHOLAS
JELKS

C COMPANY, 1ST BATTALION, 121ST INFANTRY, 48TH BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, GEORGIA NATIONAL GUARD

In December, 2004, these Georgia National Guardsmen were conducting a house by house search in Abu Ghraib, a poverty-stricken district west of Baghdad in Iraq. Unexpectedly confronted with an infant that appeared to have paralysis in her legs and a tumor on her back, these soldiers took her into their hearts and set into motion an altruistic ground swell from families, friends, churches, and social agencies facilitating the journey that led to life saving surgery for Baby Noor in Atlanta this past January. Baby Noor would have died without this intervention. The State of Georgia bestowed their annual humanitarian award on April 28 for their actions within hours upon their return home. These soldiers and those of C Company who supported the core group-are exemplars of moral courage as they demonstrated the spirit of brotherhood and mutual respect.

Individual Bios

Captain Anthony Fournier is a 16-year veteran of the Georgia Army National Guard, and commander of Company C. In civilian life he is a high school teacher, and is married with two children.

First Lieutenant Billy Chau is executive officer for Company C. A native of New York City, he has served in the military for 13 years.

First Lieutenant Jeff Moran is a native of Buffalo, New York, who has served 15 years as an enlisted soldier on active duty the National Guard serving mostly in elite Airborne Ranger units before being commissioned as an officer in 2003. He is married with two children.

First Sergeant Bobby Mayfield is a senior enlisted soldier in Company C, and a 24-year military veteran. He spent nearly his entire Guard career with Charlie Company. In civilian life he is a high school teacher. He and his wife, Michelle, have two teenage sons.

Sergeant First Class Michael Sonen is a platoon sergeant with in Company C. He lives in Dahlonega, Georgia with his wife and two children.

Staff Sergeant Archer Ford is a platoon sergeant in Company C. Born at Beale Air Force Base in California, he lives in Conyers, Georgia and is engaged to be married.

First Lieutenant Charles Morgan is a member of the Georgia National Guard's 108th Armor Battalion and was temporarily assigned to Company C. His efforts were instrumental in getting the infant back to the United States for treatment. In civilian life, Lieutenant Morgan is a building inspector. He lives in Douglasville and is a single father of five.

About the award

This award is given in the name of the Tianaderrah Foundation, who seek to remember and honor Johannes Wilhemus van de Pol. In August of 1942, he began to warn the Jews of Amersfoort to resist wearing yellow stars and urged them to go into hiding. His wife, Annie, and he successfully hid over 40 Jews and ensured their survival. He was betrayed and was forced into hiding as well. Mr. van de Pol was distributing food stamps to those in hiding when he was killed near the end of World War II. However, his actions started a resistance movement which, due its early start, led to saving over 750 Jews of Amersfoort.

 

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