Attention to Orders


FOR WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION: owing to conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the line of fire, The Order of the Purple Target is hereby awarded to WILLIAM PORTER BEAN in recognition of his selfless service in pursuit of South Dakota wild pheasant.

On the afternoon of Saturday, November 16, 2013, with complete and utter disregard for his own safety, PRIVATE BEAN occupied an extraordinarily exposed and vulnerable blocking position in the dangerous southeast corner of Field #3, in order to ensure that no fleeing pheasant escaped unscathed. In the face of overwhelming incoming fire, much if not all of it being of a "friendly" nature, which was directed at several low-flying fowl, BEAN held his exposed position despite suffering grievous and painful wounds to the head and neck. The gallant and selfless efforts of BEAN contributed to total victory over the pheasants of Field #3, and bring great credit to himself, the City of Spartanburg, and our United States of America.

Given under my hand, this the 16th day of November, in the 2013th year of our Lord, and of the 237th year of our United States
In the City of Glenham, South Dakota
Stephen F. Shaw, Commanding