Lt. Col. Hugh Louis Mills, of Missouri, formerly of Monticello, and the late Sgt. Orlando Duncan Jones, of Crossett, are among 15 veterans who will be inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame at a November banquet in Little Rock.
Mills and Jones will be inducted for their exceptional military accomplishments.
During his two tours in Vietnam as an aero scout and one as a cobra pilot, Lt. Col. Mills flew more than 3,300 combat hours and developed many of the U.S. Army’s air cavalry aero scout tactics. He was shot down 16 times and wounded three times, earning numerous decorations for valor, including three Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, four Distinguished Flying Crosses and three Bronze Stars, one for valor in ground combat. The government of Vietnam awarded him the Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star and Palm, the Vietnamese Honor Medal First Class and the Civic Action Honor Medal First Class.
Sgt. Jones, a World War II veteran, earned the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation.
The induction banquet is November 1 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock from 6:30-9 p.m.
Other inductees include:
Brig. Gen. Robinson Risner, of Mammoth Springs, who earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, 8 Air Medals, 4 Purple Hearts and the Prisoner of War Medal for his 7 years of captivity in Vietnam.
Maj. Archibald Douglass Odom, of Greenbrier, who earned the Silver Star Medal, 5 awards of the Bronze Star Medal, and 2 Purple Hearts. (Vietnam)
Capt. Chester Lloyd Lee, deceased of Poyen, who earned The Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart, and 2 Army Commendation Medals. (Vietnam)
Sgt. 1st Class James William Holt, deceased of Hope, who earned the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart as a Green Beret. (Vietnam)
Spc. Logan Garrett Brown, of El Dorado, who earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for Valor. (Iraq)
Maj. James Lewis Sanders, of Hot Springs, who earned the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and Air Medal. (Vietnam)
Tech 5 Willard L. Blake, of Conway, who earned the Bronze Star and purple Heart (WWII)
Tech Sgt. Carl Bud Vandiver, of Prescott, who earned the Bronze Star medal and Purple Heart. (WWII)
The following veterans will be inducted for combined military and civilian public service:
Lt. Col. Emanuel Sylvester Lawbaugh, of Fayetteville, who earned the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart for valor. (Vietnam)
Col. Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, deceased of Petit Jean Mountain, who earned 2 Bronze Star medals and the Purple Heart. (WWII)
Col. John Paul Shock, of Little Rock, who earned the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service medal.
Col. William Henry Webster, of Little Rock, who earned the Silver Star Medal, 2 Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Flying Cross. (WWII)
Col. Willard Alvin Hawkins, deceased of Little Rock, who earned 2 Legion of Merits. (WWII)
“We are extremely honored to be able to recognize these extraordinary Arkansans who have honored our State with their heroism and service,” said Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame director Col. (Ret.) Conrad Reynolds. “The narratives of their accomplishments will inspire all who attend the induction ceremony.”
Tickets to the induction banquet may be purchased by calling 888-329-3845. Individuals calling should leave their phone number and indicate the number of tickets desired. The public is also encouraged to nominate deserving Arkansans for the 2014 induction class by downloading nomination forms on the AMVHOF website.