February 8, 2005
By Capt. Timothy R. Brooke
A Virginia Army National Guard Soldier who helped the United States Secret Service apprehend a man with a history of making security breaches was awarded an Army Commendation Medal by the commander of the 29th Infantry Division in a ceremony held on Feb. 5, 2005.
Maj. Gen. Arthur H. Wyman, commander of the 29th Infantry Division, presented Spc. Jonathon Clark the award in front of a formation of Soldiers. Clark was recognized by the Wyman in front of his peers for his actions on Jan. 20 during the presidential inauguration that resulted in the arrest of Mr. Richard Weaver.
Weaver, known as “the handshake man”, was arrested by the Capitol Hill Police Department for an outstanding warrant from 2003. Weaver has a history of being able to penetrate the presidential security cordon.
While on duty at an access control point during the inauguration, Clark identified Weaver in a very large crowd. Clark alerted the police, resulting in Mr. Weaver’s arrest. The award cited Specialist Clark’s “steadfast attention to detail in the execution of his duty” and that “his actions reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the Virginia Army National Guard and the United States Army”.