2017 Recipients

CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ADAM LEE BROWN

CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ADAM LEE BROWN

Chief Petty Officer Brown, deceased (Killed in Action), Hot Springs, U.S. Navy, Iraq (two tours), Afghanistan (two tours), Awards include the Silver Star Medal for Gallantry in Action, the Bronze Star Medal with valor, the Purple Heart Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and three Navy Achievement Medals.

STAFF SERGEANT PAUL E. CALKIN

STAFF SERGEANT PAUL E. CALKIN

Staff Sergeant Calkin, Jonesboro, U.S. Army Air Corp, WWII. Awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart Medal, five Air Medals and was presented in 2013 the French Legion of Honor Medal which made him an official knight of France.

FIRST LIEUTENANT HERSHEL THRALL HARDIN

FIRST LIEUTENANT HERSHEL THRALL HARDIN

First Lieutenant Hardin, deceased (Killed in Action), Conway, U.S. Army, WWII. Awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star Medal for Gallantry in Action, the Bronze Star Medal with valor, and the Purple Heart Medal.

SPECIALIST FOUR ROGER K HOLLINGER, SR.

SPECIALIST FOUR ROGER K HOLLINGER, SR.

Specialist Four Hollinger Sr., deceased, Prattsville, U.S. Army, Viet Nam. Awards include the Silver Star Medal with first Oak Leaf Cluster for Gallantry in Action, the Bronze Star Medal for exceptionally meritorious combat achievement, and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor.

FIRST LIEUTENANT DONALD WOODS HOLMAN

FIRST LIEUTENANT DONALD WOODS HOLMAN

First Lieutenant Holman, deceased (Killed in Action), England, U.S. Army, Viet Nam. Awards include the Silver Star Medal for Gallantry in Action, the Bronze Star Medal for exceptionally meritorious combat achievement, and the Purple Heart Medal.

TECHNICAL SERGEANT JOHNNY RAY HOUSE

TECHNICAL SERGEANT JOHNNY RAY HOUSE

Tech Sergeant House, Marked Tree, U.S. Air Force, Viet Nam. Awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, eight Air Medals, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

SERGEANT MAJOR JAMES THOMAS KEY

SERGEANT MAJOR JAMES THOMAS KEY

Sergeant Major Key, deceased, Benton, U.S. Army, Viet Nam. Awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster for exceptionally meritorious combat achievement, and the Army Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL MARY VIRGINIA ERDMAN

LIEUTENANT COLONEL MARY VIRGINIA ERDMAN

Lieutenant Colonel Erdman, Hot Springs Village, U.S. Army Reserves, Desert Storm. Awards include two Army Commendation Medals, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal. Erdman has been very active in several veteran’s service organizations, and was the Commander of the Arkansas State American Legion Department from 2012 to 2013.

MAJOR GENERAL BILLIE (BILL) BRANHAM LEFLER

MAJOR GENERAL BILLIE (BILL) BRANHAM LEFLER

Major General Lefler, Hot Springs Village, U.S. Army, Viet Nam. Awards include two Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal

MAJOR GENERAL SIDNEY SANDERS MCMATH

MAJOR GENERAL SIDNEY SANDERS MCMATH

Major General McMath, deceased, Magnolia, U.S. Marine Corp, WWII. Awards include the Silver Star Medal for Gallantry in Action, and the Legion of Merit Medal for valor.

COLONEL BILLIE RAY WOOD

COLONEL BILLIE RAY WOOD

Colonel Wood, Mena, U.S. Army, Viet Nam. Awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Army Soldier’s Medal, the Bronze Star Medal for exceptionally meritorious combat achievement, two Meritorious Service Medals. twenty-two Air Medals, and three Army Commendation Medals.

TECHNICIAN FOURTH GRADE DOYLE RAY COLLIE

TECHNICIAN FOURTH GRADE DOYLE RAY COLLIE

Technician Fourth Grade Collie, deceased, New DeRoche, U.S. Army, WWII. Awards include the Purple Heart Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four bronze service stars.

COLONEL ALVA BRYAN LASSWELL

COLONEL ALVA BRYAN LASSWELL

Colonel Lasswell, deceased, Piggott, U.S. Marine Corp, WWII. Awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Marine Corp Commendation Medal. During 1942-1944, Lasswell became the key translator and codebreaker in the Communications Intelligence Unit of the Fleet Radio Unit, Pacific. In this capacity, he made very important contributions to the US victory in the Pacific in WWII, saving countless American military lives.

SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CARL GLENN MOSBY

SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CARL GLENN MOSBY

Sergeant First Class Mosby, Jonesboro, U.S. Army, Viet Nam. Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, and two Army Achievement Medals. Upon retiring from the Army in 1986, Mosby has been extremely active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation.

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER JOHN ROGER RICKARD

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER JOHN ROGER RICKARD

Lieutenant Commander Rickard, Alma, U.S. Navy, Viet Nam. Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement Medal. During the Vietnam War, Rickard served three cruises as a torpedo mate on fast frigates. Upon retiring from the Navy, Rickard founded the Alma High School JROTC program and served 17 years.