All of us at 101.5 KNUE are proud to be part of East Texas, and we are especially proud to live in a place where we hold our military and first responders in such high regard.

KNUE + Patterson UTI are proud to announce this week’s “Hometown Hero,” Cpl. Donald Dawson of the United States Marine Corps.

Mr. Dawson, of Linden, was nominated by his wife, Makenna. Here's what she had to say about her husband:

Cpl Donald Dawson is my husband and my hero! He is one of the greatest men I know. He is currently overseas for his second deployment in less than two years. His selfless actions and bravery to serve our country are something that make him the wonderful man he is! He left behind a wife and family who love and care about him and are praying for his safe return home soon!! :)

To show our appreciation for Donald's dedication and service to his country and community, he will receive a plaque courtesy of Congratulations Awards in Jacksonvillle, They specialize in awards, engraving, trophies, plaques, gifts and more. He also will also receive a gift pack from Edible Arrangements.