Colonel Donald Harrison Stokes, Junior, United States Air Force, retired, Hot Springs Village. Colonel Stokes enlisted in the Air Force in 1964, serving a combat tour in Saigon, Phan Rang, and Tan Son Nhut, Vietnam, before being released from active duty as a Sergeant in 1968. He entered the Air Force Reserve until returning to active duty in the Air Force and completing Officer training in 1976. Colonel Stokes retired with more than twenty-five years active Federal service in 2002. His awards include the Legion of Merit, nine Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Services Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Retiring to Hot Springs Village, he served as Commander and Quartermaster with the VFW Post, working countless hours to give the post the much needed leadership required to maintain support for Veterans and the surrounding communities. Additionally, Colonel Stokes participated in the Flag Education Program for K-3 children at three local schools and served on the Hot Springs Village Veterans’ Memorial Board.