Arkansas Veterns Hall of Fame inducts 15 new members

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Veterans Hall of Fame inducted 15 new members Friday.

    U.S. Senator Mark Pryor and Lt. Governor Mark Darr took part in the ceremony at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock.

    Five inductees earned the Distinguished Service Cross, which is second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism.

    The Arkansas Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization, and its objective is to bring honor to Arkansas military veterans and their families. The following is a list of all members inducted:

    1. Stephen Russell Branham, Houston, Texas born in Des Arc, Arkansas, (Vietnam), Distinguished Service Cross, 4 Bronze Stars, Purple Heart. Drafted into the Army after a distinguished High School Football career at Des Arc.

    2. Artis Breland, Jr. deceased, Camden, Arkansas, (Vietnam), Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart. Served 2 tours in Vietnam. Personally presented the Distinguished Service Cross by Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

    3. Harry Marlin Godwin, deceased, Hampton, Arkansas,( Vietnam), Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Bronze Stars, Purple Heart. His combat exploits have been described in the book "About Face" by David Hackworth.

    4. Carlos Norman Hathcock, deceased, North Little Rock, (Vietnam), Silver Star, Purple Heart, most recorded enemy kills (93) by a Marine Sniper in history. He was the subject of a 1986 book-"Marine Sniper"- by Charles Henderson that sold over a million copies.

    5. Lynn C. Hooper, Alexandria, Virginia-born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, (Vietnam),2 Silver Stars, 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2 Legions of Merit, 2 Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, 37 Air Medals. As an Army aviator he flew over 1100 combat missions in 2 tours in Vietnam.

    6. Jesse Loftis Johnson, Valrico, Florida-born in Pocahontas, Arkansas, (Vietnam and the Gulf War), Distinguished Service Cross, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, 3 Silver Stars, 2 Legions of Merit, 3 Purple Hearts. His career has been documented in 21 books by such authors as Tom Clancey and Norman Schwarzkopf.

    7. Herbert Jack Lloyd, Hope, Arkansas, (Vietnam), 2 Silver Stars, 4 Bronze Stars, 2 Purple Hearts. He served 3 tours in Vietnam and during his career served in positions from Squad Leader to Assistant Division Commander.

    8. Paul Richard Longgrear, Pine Mountain, Georgia-lived in Jonesboro, Arkansas (Vietnam), Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars, 2 Purple Hearts . Served 2 combat tours in Vietnam. Inducted into the Infantry Officer School Hall of Fame and the Army Ranger Hall of Fame.

    9. Charles McRay Milam, Rotonda West, Florida-born in Camden, Arkansas ( WWII, Korea, Vietnam), Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Master Parachute Badge. Served as a Marine during WWII and in the Army during Korea and Vietnam. As a Paratrooper he has over 100 military jumps.

    10. Ronnie Max Miller, Jonesboro, Arkansas (Vietnam), 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2 Bronze Stars, 21 Air Medals. Served 3 tours in Vietnam as a helicopter gunship pilot. He has spent the last 30 years advocating for veterans at both the National and State level

    11. Walter Robert Rhodes, Benton, Arkansas (Korea), Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart. Served as an Army Forward Observer and is currently a member of four veterans organizations as well as the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

    Four inductees were honored for both Military and Public Service, and Veterans advocacy.

    12. Dale Leon Bumpers, Little Rock, Arkansas (WWII), Combat Radio Operator, US Marines, U.S. Senator and Governor of Arkansas.

    13. Donald Ray Cain, Bearden, Arkansas (Korea), Legion of Merit. Served 43 years as both a Marine and an Arkansas National Guardsman. He was the Senior Non Commissioned Officer to 5 General Officers.

    14. James Paul Clifton, Vilonia, Arkansas (WWII & Korea), Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal. As an army paratrooper he made combat jumps behind enemy lines.

    15. Albert M. Richardson, Jonesboro, Arkansas (WWII), Bronze Star, Purple Heart. He served with the 87th Infantry Division during WWII where he lost his left arm to enemy fire and suffered leg wounds so serious that he spent 3 years in Army hospitals. He has been instrumental in the Craighead county veterans monument foundation.

    You are encouraged to submit nominations of worthy Arkansans for the 2013 class of Inductees. Nomination forms are available through the Hall of Fame website at www.amvhof.org.

    (Source: Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame)

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