Toy Soldier Hat Boy David Morales Awarded Medal

Retired Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio, the former head of the Rhode Island National Guard, gave 8-year-old David Morales a medal called a challenge coin during an appearance on WPRO-AM’s John DePetro show.

Centracchio said the second-grader should be thanked for recognizing veterans and soldiers.

“You did nothing wrong, and you did an outstanding job,” he said. “We can only hope that kids of your caliber will continue to defend this country.”

Centracchio also gave David a certificate that allows him to call himself a brigadier general.

Full Story – HERE

Nice!  Glad to see someone stepped up to the plate and thanked this kid.

Too bad David will probably be expelled from school now though because he now officially holds a high ranking position in the military according to the certificate he was given. I wonder if the O-7 pay comes with it?  That would buy a lot of toys. :P

Original post on the school’s ban of his hat – HERE

Hat Tip: PP

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bryce June 19, 2010 at 05:52 pm

Thats really cool

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Eric June 20, 2010 at 08:47 pm

can we contact this Centracchio guy somehow and thank him for standing up for someone that was put down by our idiotic zero tolerance policies?

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Admin (Mike) June 22, 2010 at 01:11 am

I’m not sure how to get a hold of him. I agree though, what a stand up guy… he deserves our thanks!

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Ben June 21, 2010 at 05:44 am

A challenge coin is not a metal. Most officers have big coins with their name, rank, and unit on them and give them out to people they meet.

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Admin (Mike) June 22, 2010 at 01:12 am

I know Ben… Medal though = Medallion which is what I think they meant.

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