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," Daniel Beard of the United States Marine Corps.

Beard, of Longview, was nominated by his brother, John Beard. Here's what he had to say about his brother:

My brother joined the corps straight out of high school. He wanted to make something of himself. I cried the day I found out he was enlisting, because I couldn't stand the thought of something happening to him, and because I was proud to call him my brother. Since then, 2011, he has had a meritorious promotion to each rank, through corporal. He has won NCO of the quarter, of the base, and has been overseas to Europe and Africa.

To show our appreciation for Daniel's dedication and service to his country and community, he will receive a plaque courtesy of Tyler Trophy. They specialize in awards, engraving, trophies, plaques, gifts and more.

Thank you for your service, Daniel, and we are proud to call you a fellow East Texan.