Former U.S. Army Sgt. Douglas Sparkes of Chino Hills will be honored as the Military Hero of the Game Saturday evening when the Los Angeles Dodgers face the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium.

Sparkes was inducted into the Army in 1967 and served in combat with the 18th Military Police Brigade in the Vietnam War, including during the Tet Offensive, when it fought off a Viet Cong unit which was attempting to take over the U.S. Embassy.

Sparkes was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign and Service medals and various joint and unit awards.

Sparkes is a military police trainer with the California State Military Reserve.

Sparkes was a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant.

The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Manny Mota bobblehead. Mota played for the Dodgers from 1969-80 and in 1982 and was Major League Baseball’s career pinch hits record holder when he retired.

Mota was a Dodger coach from 1980-2013 and a broadcaster from 2010-17. He is now part of the team’s Alumni Group, appearing on behalf of the Dodgers at team and public events.

Mota’s wife Margarita will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

The national anthem will be sung by Shawn King, the wife of talk show host Larry King.

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