DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – WDHN anchor and reporter Mike Gurspan was caught off guard when DAV Chapter 94 walked into the studio to present him with an award.
“Mike, we bring this to you,” Fay Miller said.
This is the Soaring Eagle Patriotic Achievement Award – an award made of clay from the Alabama River by a Vietnam veteran who flew cobras. It has been given to several musical artists who give back to the troops like Billy Ray Cyrus and Toby Keith it is rare for civilians.
However, Gurspan was mentioned among several veterans organizations to receive this award.
“I’m getting red, I think I’m blushing here,” Gurspan said.
“It’s from the bottom of my heart for the people who have done so much for our great country and for Mike whenever we needed a report or for an event he was always there to help us,” Art Miller said. .
Gurspan says patriotism is in his blood, look at the American flag pin he wears on his suit jacket whenever he is on the air. He comes from a military family, his father being a WWII POW in Nazi Germany after his B-17 was shot down.
“I always felt like it was my mission to do this to give you all the recognition. To be honest with you, I don’t think I deserve it, but they are my heroes,” Gurspan added. .