2012 Recipients

STEPHEN RUSSELL BRANHAM

STEPHEN RUSSELL BRANHAM

Branham was drafted into the Army in 1969 after a distinguished High School football career. While serving as an Infantryman in Vietnam he earned the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism, four Bronze Stars for heroism, the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

ARTIS BRELAN D, JR.

ARTIS BRELAN D, JR.

Brelan joined the army upon graduating from High School and served two tours in Vietnam in the Army Engineers. He was per¬sonally presented the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism by Vice President Hubert Humphrey. He also earned the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

DALE LEON BUMPERS

DALE LEON BUMPERS

Bumpers joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a combat radio operator in the Pacific during World War II. His extraor¬dinary record of Public Service to Arkansas includes twice being elected Governor and 24 years of service as a United States Senator.

DONALD RAY CAIN

DONALD RAY CAIN

Cain served 43 years as both a Marine and a Arkansas National Guardsman. He earned the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals and the Korean War Service medal among his decorations. During his career he served as the Senior NCO to five General Officers.

JAMES PAUL CLIFTON

JAMES PAUL CLIFTON

Clifton is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. As a Army Paratrooper he made combat jumps behind enemy lines and earned the Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman's Badge. He has provided a lifetime of service to three Veterans Groups in Arkansas.

HARRY MARLIN GODWIN

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Godwin fought in Vietnam as an Army Infantry Platoon Leader where he earned the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism, the Bronze Star for valor and the Purple Heart. His combat exploits have been documented in the book "About Face" by Colonel David Hackworth.

CARLOS NORMAN HATHCOCK

CARLOS NORMAN HATHCOCK

Hathcock holds the record for the highest number of recorded enemy kills (93) by a Sniper in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned the Silver Star for heroism and the Purple Heart while serving in Vietnam and he was the subject of a 1986 book by Charles Henderson entitled, "Marine Sniper".

LYNN C. HOOPER

LYNN C. HOOPER

Hooper served two combat tours in Vietnam as an Aviator where he earned two Silver Stars, four awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars as well as an Army Commenda-tion Medal for Valor. He flew over 1100 combat missions and served in key Army staff and command positions during his exceptional career.

JESSE LOFTIS JOHNSON

JESSE LOFTIS JOHNSON

Johnson served in Vietnam, the Balkans, and the Gulf War and spent much of his Army career in classified Special and Covert Operations. He earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the Defense Distin-guished Service Medal, three Silver Stars, and three Purple Hearts among his many military decorations. His career has been described in 21 books by such authors as Norman Schwarzkopf and Tom Clancey.

HERBERT JACK LLOYD

HERBERT JACK LLOYD

Lloyd was an Army Airborne Ranger who during his career served in positions from Squad Leader to Assistant Division Com-mander. His combat service includes the Dominican Republic intervention and three tours in Vietnam. His awards include two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, the Soldiers Medal, three Purple Hearts and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor.

PAUL RICHARD LONGGREAR

PAUL RICHARD LONGGREAR

Longgrear served two combat Infantry tours in Vietnam during the 1960's where he earned the Silver Star for gallantry, two Bronze Stars for valor, and two Purple Hearts. He has been inducted to the Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame and the Army Ranger Hall of Fame.

CHARLES MCRAY MILAM

CHARLES MCRAY MILAM

Milam served as a Marine during World War II in the Pacific and in the Army for the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He earned the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and the Meritorious Service Medal among his many decorations and is a member of the Master Parachutist Century Club for having over 100 jumps in the military.

RONNIE MAX MILLER

RONNIE MAX MILLER

Miller served three tours in Vietnam as a Heli¬copter Gunship Pilot where he earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism, and two Bronze Stars, among his decorations. He spent the past 30 years advocating for veterans at both the State and National level. President H.W. Bush presented him the "Thousand Point of Light" award.

WALTER ROBERT RHODES

WALTER ROBERT RHODES

Rhodes earned the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism while serving in Korea as an Army Forward Observer. He also earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He is a member of four Veterans organizations and the Military Order of the Purple Heart where served as both Commander and Chaplain.

ALBERT M. RICHARDSON

ALBERT M. RICHARDSON

Richardson served in the 87th Infantry Division during World War II where he was seriously wounded and lost his left arm to enemy fire and suffered leg wounds so serious that he spent three years in Army hospitals. He earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He has been a leader in numerous Veteran Organizations and has been instrumental in the Craighead County Veterans Monument.