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More than 50 veterans honored in military ceremony – The Interior Journal

More than 50 veterans honored during military ceremony

Published 5:33 PM Thursday, June 27, 2024

A military honors ceremony at Stanford drew a crowd — and even a celebrity — on Saturday as many gathered to honor veterans for their service.

More than 50 living veterans were honored at the ceremony at Grace Fellowship Church on June 22, as well as 17 deceased veterans. There were 13 Purple Heart recipients.

Among the veterans honored was Nicholas T. Fierro. Fierro’s daughters were on hand at the event to accept the posthumous award. Phyllis Macchio (formerly Phyllis Fierro) was in attendance with her famous husband, Ralph Macchio, known for his roles as Daniel in the film “The Karate Kid” and Johnny in the film “The Outsiders.”

Nicholas Fierro was the best friend of Albert Taylor, a Lincoln County veteran (95) who served in the first U.S. military unit in history to desegregate during the Korean War.

The opening prayer was delivered by Tom Graef, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church, and the national anthem was sung by Olivia Pettus.

A Prison of War/Missing In Action ceremony was held, followed by a video presentation entitled ‘Some Gave All’.

Dignitaries in attendance included representatives from the office of Senator Brandon Storm and the office of Secretary of State Michael Adams, Stephen Marks, Director of Veterans Outreach for Congressman Andy Barr, Ray Lawson, Senator Donald Douglas, State Representative Matt Lockett, Kentucky Veteran Affairs Commissioner, Stanford Mayor Dalton Miller, and Carla Loveless-Tackett of the Veterans Administration/Vet Center program.

Loveless-Tackett gave a presentation about the American flag before Brigadier General Howard Hunt announced the following veterans who were honored with Purple Hearts:

  • Anthony ‘Tony’ Cooley – Vietnam
  • Bobby Ryan – Vietnam
  • Charlie Sparks – Vietnam
  • David Madison Elder – Awarded posthumously for World War II
  • Delmar Owens – Vietnam
  • Henry C. James, Jr. ‘Buster’ – Desert Storm/Iraq
  • John Everett – Vietnam
  • Larry Dale Cain – Vietnam
  • Larry Gene Trowbridge – Vietnam
  • Max Wonder – Vietnam
  • Ronald Ellis Murphy – Vietnam
  • Steve Grimm – Vietnam
  • Wayne Allen Roth – Panama/Bosnia/Iraq

Hunt then read the names of the following veterans who were to receive an award:

Albert Lee Taylor; Bill Chester; Carla D Baker; Charles A. Short; Charles R. Barnes; Curtiss L. Wells; Danielle Doth; David L. Tackett; David Todd Smith; Davis Reynolds; Delbert Singleton; Dennis Allen Shewmaker; Dennis R. Clausen; Dewey V. Tillet; Don Miller; Donald Lee Jackson-Roth; Douglas M. Rayburn; Count V. Alexander; Ed Lindsey; Ellis Eldridge; Elsworth Ray Sayre, Sr.; Eric Rodgers Guffey; Gary Lang; Gary Stevens; Gerald Adams; Glenn Elliott; Holly Jo Howard; Hope Lynn Steele rushing; James L Wilson; Jay W. Smith; Johannes Oros; Joseph Crain; Justin R. Yazza; Kenneth Dale McQueary; Larry James Dunn; Lloyd V. Gastineau; Lloyd D. Jackson; Mark Anthony Carrier; Michael Hill; Michael Ray Lyon; Mike Houp; Phil Caudill; Randall W. Ledford; Richard Caldwell, Sr.; Robert Simon Tibbetts, Jr.; Robin Crain; Ron Sumner; Ronald Hunkins; Ronald K. Abney; Virgil P. Elliott, Jr.; William Clint Edwards, Jr.; and William Hubbard.

Hunt subsequently recognized 17 deceased veterans, including: Bob E. Hunkins; Cleo Baker, Sr.; Dewey Elliot; Dymphna Petronella Alphona Marie VanGorp; Gerald W. Walls; Gilbert Lester “Les” Centers; Henry Clark James; James Ray Loveless; Joseph Clausen; Nicholas T. Fierro; Reubin Bailey, Jr.; Robert M. “Bo” Barnes; Samuel Ray Emps; Thomas Johnson Roberts; William Culp; Willie L. Day; David Madison Elder; and Willie Sandlin.

After the recognition there was a video presentation entitled “Angel Flight”, followed by the playing of TAPs and a closing prayer.