Sgt. Maj. Larry Rayburn, the information operations sergeant major for the 36th Infantry Division, receives the Texas Medal of Valor, the second highest military decoration that may be awarded to a member of the Texas Military Forces, by Maj. Gen. Eddy Spurgin, the 36th Inf. Div. commander, at the division headquarters in Basrah, Iraq, May 9, 2011.
Rayburn earned the medal for his actions during an airborne training exercise on Jan. 21, 1985, when he risked his life to save the lives of two fellow Soldiers in severe winter conditions. All three were assigned to Company G, 143rd Infantry (Airborne), Texas Army National Guard.