Under a clear blue sky, the City of Hutto, with the American Legion Richard A. Oman Post 302 of Hutto and the American Legion George Johns Post 447 of Round Rock, renamed the City’s Old Hippo Stadium in honor of Marine Cpl. Tevan Lee Nguyen, Sr.
“Tevan played on this field in middle school and he played for the Hutto Hippos, on the team that went to the 2005 state championships,” said Troy McMillin, chair of the City of Hutto Parks Advisory Board. “I always knew from the very beginning what I wanted to name this field, and this past Thursday, the City Council approved it.”
Nguyen was born in Hutto. He attended and graduated from Hutto High School, where he ran track and played football. His family and friends remember him as a man with genuine character who “shook the ground with his humor.”
“We owe it to our heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice, and to make sure their sacrifices are remembered and their service to our nation will always be honored. May God bless them, and God bless you for being here today,” said Lisa Gonzales, Hutto American Legion Commander.
Nguyen was a team leader assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, stationed aboard Camp Pendleton, Ca. He was killed in action during combat operations on Dec. 28, 2010 in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, while stationed aboard Camp Leatherneck.
His awards include the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.