Major James Edward Largent

Major James Edward Largent, United States Army Reserve, retired, Paragould.  Major Largent  enlisted in the National Guard and advanced to the grade of Senior NCO, Sergeant First Class  He attended Officer Candidate School graduating as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers and retired as a Major from the Active Guard Reserves in 1992  His awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and two awards of the Army Achievement Medal.  Major Largent voluntarily accompanies the Arkansas National Guard’s Military Honor Guard team of two enlisted soldiers, performing funeral services for all eligible veterans, regardless of their grade.  Since 2013 he has participated in almost 500 funerals, averaging about 4,000 miles annually in his own vehicle, at his personal expense.  As a retiree, he is not eligible for reimbursement.  Major Largent has said he plans to continue working with the team until being told he is too old to continue.