Major Rolla M. Breed, United States Army, Retired, Fort Smith. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso. Major Breed served as an Aviation Officer in the Republic of Vietnam where he earned numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Stars, Soldier’s Medal, 2 Distinguished Flying Cross', 3 Bronze Star (one with valor) and 81 Air Medals. Following over 21 years of service Major Breed retired.
Captain Richard A. Carvell, United States Air Force, Jonesboro. He is a 1966 graduate of Arkansas State College. Carvell commissioned in the Air Force in 1967 and served honorably until his release in 1971. During that time he served in the 12th Recon Intelligence Technical Squadron where he earned a Bronze Star. Upon completion of his Military Service Captain Carvell earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois.
Private Herman Davis, United States Army, deceased. Born in Manila he was initially rejected for military service because he was only 5’3”. He was eventually drafted on 4 March 1918 and set sail to France. He served as a scout and encountered poison gas on numerous occasions. During this time he earned the Distinguished Service Cross and was listed fourth on General John J. (Black Jack) Pershing’s list of greatest heroes of World War I.
Colonel Jesse J. Lewis, Jr., National Guard/Army Reserve, Retired, Fort Smith. Col. Lewis was born in Danville, VA and a 1964 graduate of Southwest University. Upon graduation he joined the Army and graduated Officer’s Candidate School in 1966. After a tour in Vietnam and completion of active duty he transferred to the National Guard. His civilian employer brought him to Fort Smith where he continued his service. His awards include the Army Air Medal, 2 Army Meritorious Service Medal's, and the Army Legion of Merit. Colonel Lewis retired after a combined 32 years of service in the National Guard and Army Reserve.
Major General Lewis E. Lyle, United States Air Force, deceased. A native of Pine Bluff General Lyle began his military flying career as a B-17 pilot in the European Theater during World War II. It was during WWII when he earned numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Cross, 3 Silver Stars, 2 Legion of Merit's, and the 4 Distinguished Flying Cross'. In 1967 General Lyle retired after completing over 26 years of service.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 James R. Oden, United States Army, Rogers. Drafted into service during World War II he served in Japan with the US Occupation Forces. He served with the US Army 25th Infantry Division during the Korean Conflict. He also served two combat tours in Vietnam as a heavy lift helicopter pilot. Through three military conflicts he earned many awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross, 3 Bronze Stars, 20 Air Medals (one with valor). In 1968 he retired after completing over 27 years of service.
Lieutenant Colonel Aubrey B. Stacy, United States Army, Malvern. Lt Col Stacy is a ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. He completed two combat infantry tours in Vietnam; where he earned the 2 Silver Stars, 2 Bronze Stars (one with valor), 2 Purple Hearts and an Air Medal. In 1989 he retired after completing over 22 years of service.