Marine Vietnam vet to be honored at Sunday's Baltimore Ravens game
By LOGAN HULLINGER | The York Dispatch, Pa. | Published: January 5, 2019
Steve Weaver, a Marine veteran from McSherrystown, has two Purple Hearts as well as a soft spot for the black and purple.
Coincidentally, the 71-year-old will be recognized for both his military experience and dedication to the Baltimore Ravens at their home playoff game against the the San Diego Chargers Sunday, Jan. 6.
"It was a little bit of a surprise," Weaver said. "I don't like to toot my horn, but it's a nice honor. I'm pretty proud of that, and I'm honored to do this."
Weaver served as a corporal for the 0311 infantry riflemen in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968.
In July 1967, he was hit by shrapnel while on a mission just 20 miles south of Hanoi.
Then, just two months later, a fellow Marine stepped on a mine during a mission, killing two and injuring Weaver, who later had his right arm amputated.
"It ripped me up pretty bad," he said.
After spending 14 months in naval hospitals, Weaver was honorably discharged and received Purple Hearts for both of the events.
Once retired, he worked at the Caterpillar Inc. Distribution Center in Springettsbury Township for three decades before retiring in 1998.
The Adams County native, although living more than 50 miles from Baltimore, will now be named a "Hometown Hero" at the Sunday Ravens game.
Veterans are honored during each home game, when they receive sideline tickets and deliver the game ball to the NFL referees before the game. A video presentation detailing Weaver's experiences will also play at halftime.
Although he considers himself a huge Ravens fan, Weaver said he doesn't think he's a hero.
"I don't consider myself a hero," Weaver said. "The heroes are on the wall in Washington, D.C."
Weaver said he was always a football fan, but he fell in love with the Ravens after they moved from Baltimore's Memorial Stadium to M&T Bank Stadium, next to Camden Yards, in 1998.
He started buying season tickets that year and has attended every home game but one since then. He also is the president of the Hanover Ravens Roost, a regional fan club.
His son, Stephen Weaver, said his father deserves to receive the award presented by his favorite team.
"He deserves this Hometown Hero award because he never expects any praise or recognition for serving his country," he said. "He's lived with a disability most of his life, but he's no different than any other Dad out there. I'm so proud to be his son ..."
The Ravens-Chargers game will begin at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Weaver will be at the stadium watching the game as well as participating in the pre-game and halftime activities in his honor.
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