Army Vet Gets Harley Sportster as Gift

Military & Motorcycles

A Fort Bragg soldier recently back from Afghanistan accepted a long-awaited gift that started with his care package.

U. S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Herne, an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division, is the second soldier who found motorcycle keys in his care package.

Herne received his Harley Davidson Sportster on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 in Hall of Heroes at The Rawcliffe Conference Center in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Two motorcycles were donated by Lee Rawcliffe, owner of Sands Resorts and Don Allen, CEO of American Veterans Traveling Tribute to show their appreciation to men and women serving in the U.S. Military.

They asked Operation Gratitude to assist in the random selection of two soldiers.

What a surprise when Staff Sergeant Herne of Addison, N.Y., opened the package.

Sgt. Herne says: "I’m still in shock from winning so I’m a little lost for words. It’s the coolest thing I’ve received in my life."

Staff Sergeant William Fullerton, with 82nd Division Special Troops Battalion, received his gift during a similar ceremony in July.

Lee Rawcliffe says: "Continuous support for Americans who protect our country is our mission."

In 2009, Sands Resorts dedicated Hall of Heroes as a tribute to all American Heroes throughout history. Additionally, Sands Resorts and AVTT have partnered on various gratitude projects for Wounded Warriors and VFWs.