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Bob Davis Is Presented with Commendations for Serice in Vietnam

United States Air Force Master Sergeant (Ret.) Robert Davis was presented the Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross for his brave service during the Vietnam War after waiting 40 years. MSgt. Davis retired in 1975 but never received the commendations for his time served in Vietnam. The presentation was arranged by Congressman French Hill.

Sherwood (AR) Veteran of the Year Honor Goes to Ken Zellmer

Ken Zellmer was chosen as Veteran of the year for the city of Sherwood. Joining Ken on this occasion were Ira C. Eaker Chapter members Jim Elmer, Bill Kehler, Bob Davis, Bob Jones and Ken Zellmer friend Joe Zehler.

Gordon Earl Bentley Featured as Veteran of the Day by VA

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay (February 4, 2020) is Navy Veteran Gordon Earl Bentley, who served as an FM-2 Wildcat pilot during WWII and received a Distinguished Flying Cross.

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Parnell Fisher and Buddy Carr received the Korean Peace Medal

Korean War veterans Parnell Fisher and Buddy Carr were among those who received the Korean Peace Medal at ceremonies held at MacArthur Park on June 27, 2019. The veterans were recognized for their service during and after the conflict by Young Hwang Kim, a representative from the Korean Consul General's Office. This event is part of the State of Arkansas and Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs efforts to celebrate National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.

"Hank" Wehe Receives Quilt of Valor at June 2019 DFCS Meeting

WWII veteran John Henry ("Hank") Wehe was presented with a Quilt of Valor by Charlie Nash, representative of the Quilt of Valor Foundation, at the meeting of the Ira Eaker Chapter of the DFCS on 1 June 2019 at the Whole Hog Café in Little Rock. Guests at the meeting included several of Hank's family members and friends. Hank received his Distinguished Flying Cross while serving as a C-130 navigator during the Vietnam War.

Standing behind Hank (sitting): Craig Snider, Jackie Snider (daughter), Vicki Vandever (daughter), Chris Wehe (son).

Chapter Members Honor WWII Vet at 99th Birthday Party

Members of the Ira Eaker Chapter Dub Toombs, Bob Davis, Gary George and Jim Daugherty attended the party celebrating the 99th birthday of WWII veteran Jim Hutto at the Jacksonville Care Center recently. Hutto was in the infantry and fought against the Japanese in the Pacific during the war.

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Congressman French Hill Presents DFC to Guy Carr

On August 3, 2018, Congressman French Hill (center, rear) presented the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals to Arkansan Guy Carr at the Brookdale Senior Living Center in Conway, Arkansas. These awards are for his service during the Korean War. Also in this photo are members of the Eaker Chapter of the Distinguished Flying Cross who attended the ceremony.

Quilt of Valor Presentations for Wilmer Plate and Larry Brown

The Quilt of Valor Foundation recently presented a Quilt of Valor to Wilmer Plate and Larry Brown of the Eaker Chapter of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. Presentations were documented in photos shown in the Photos page of this website.
Plate Brown

Senator Boozman Interviews Parnell Fisher

WASHINGTON, D.C. (News release) � U.S. Senator John Boozman released the latest interview in a series recognizing the service and sacrifice of Arkansas veterans. This newest installment highlights the military service of Master Sergeant (retired) Parnell Fisher whose heroic actions earned him the Silver Star and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. Article

Wilmer Plate Honored Twice in Two Months

Plate Receives The French Legion of Honor

(Left) Honorary French Consul, Beatrice Moore, presented the French Legion of Honor to Wilmer Plate, who was a B-24 pilot with the 489th Bomb Group during the liberation of France during WWII. He wrote of his experiences during that time in "The Storm Clouds of War", published in 2014. (Right) Wilmer Plate is seated with others of the twelve awardees who received the French Legion of Honor during the ceremony at the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda on 27 June 2016. Approximately 200 veterans, family members and friends witnessed the ceremony conducted by Congressmen French Hill and Rick Crawford.

Wilmer Plate Awarded High School Diploma

Wilmer Plate joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 after the country entered WWII and before he finished high school. On 11 May 2016 he returned to Crane High School in Texas where he was awarded his diploma.

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Honors Davis

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
Bestow the title of Honorary ADVAcate on
Robert B Davis
In recognition of 22 years of service in the United States Air Force and
continued support and service to the Arkansas Veterans Community
On this Ninth Day of April in the year
Two Thousand and Sixteen
Signed: Matt Snead

Pictured are Mellissa Shipman, Robert Davis, Matt Snead and Bryan Shipman.

Former Arkansas Congressman Hammerschmidt Passed Away

John Paul Hammerschmidt, who served Arkansas for twenty-six years in congress died April 1, 2015. He flew 217 combat missions during World War II mostly over the "hump" in the China-India-Burma theatre. Hammerschmidt received four Distinguished Flying Cross medals, the Air Medal with four oak-leaf clusters, and three battle stars. Following the war, Hammerschmidt continued serving his nation in the U.S. Air Force Reserves (1945�1960) and the District of Columbia Army Reserves (1977�1981).

Lt Col Robert Hite, Aviator Who Flew In Doolittle Raid on Japan, Dies at 95

Robert L. Hite, an Army Air Forces aviator who was captured by the Japanese and imprisoned for 40 months after flying in the Doolittle raid of 1942, the now �celebrated mission that invigorated American morale early in World War II, died March 29, 2015 at a nursing facility in Nashville. He was 95. Among other awards, he was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Fisher and Floyd In Hall of Fame

Two members of the Ira Eaker Chapter were inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame during ceremonies held Saturday, November 1 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Little Rock. U. S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman presented the Medallions to Master Sergeant Parnell Gene Fisher of Jacksonville and the late Major John Barrett Floyd of North Little Rock.

Master Sergeant Parnell Gene Fisher earned the Silver Star Medal for Gallantry and the Distinguished Flying Cross for service in Vietnam as a member of the 4th Air Commando Squadron.

Major John Barrett Floyd, deceased, of North Little Rock served in combat in Vietnam as a Pilot and his awards include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.

This page updated Mar 3 2020