Greene County, Arkansas 
Honor Veterans



Three Enter Greene Co. Tech Veterans Hall of Fame

Three men were inducted into Greene County Tech's Veteran's Day Program held at the school November 9, 2001.

The Hall now boasts 32 recipients since the first inductees in 1989.

Dewey Ford , Bill Fisher and the late Phillip Freligh were inducted during the patriotic ceremony . Ford is a 1966 graduate of Greene Co. Tech . He served two tours in Vietnam from 1967 - 71 as a helicopter pilot. He won the Bronze Star , the Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster and 23 additional medals . He and his wife Joy have four four children and four grandchildren.

Fisher served in the U.S. Army from 1949 - 51 and in the Air Force from 1953 - 70 . He is involved in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Air Force Sergeants Association. Fisher worked at Greene County Tech as a custodial supervisor for the district. He earned numerous medals and awards while serving in the military , including the Squadron Maintenance Man of the Month and a commendation medal from the Air Force . He and his wife Joy have three children and five grandchildren.

Freligh served in the Army for eight years and rose to the rank of sergant . He was an explosive ordnance disposal technician . He received two meritorious service medals and two Army commendation medals. He was the great nephew of Gerald Freligh , who is also Hall of Famer. He was a 1993 graduate of Greene County Tech. The ceremony also included the dedication of a memorial to Freligh , who died during a bombing run accident in Kuwait in March .

Delaplaine students honor Veterans

The Delaplaine School District turned in a first on Monday morning as its inaugurated its Veterans Day commemoration.

An honor guard composed of members of Post 4556 of the VFW joined the school choir , the student council and a chorus of 4th through 6th graders in the program.

In addition to the performances included the school set up displays of memorabilia of veterans who had graduated from Delaplaine . The veterans all from the U.S. Army included , Donald J. "Buck" Austin , Doyle Gray , Amos Gillian , Rupert F. Hall , Thomas A. Rice , Billy J. Sisco, and Relly Thomas . All but Gillian and Thomas are deceased.

Local company honors employees who served

Garlock Rubber Technologies held a special ceremony Monday morning honoring 26 employees who have served in the armed forces.

An American flag which flew above the Captiol building , was placed on the flag pole in front of the industry . At the end of the day , the flag was taken down and given to Lenord baker who served the most years , with 23 years of all the Garlock veterans.

The 26 veterans honored during the cermony served a combined total of 207 years in the armed forces.

Garlock veterans are, Lenord Baker - 23 years in the Army National Guard , Jimmy Vassar - 22 years in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, Roger Shearer - 21 years in the U.S. Navy , Garey Stevenson - 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, David Blevins - 12 years in the Army National Guard and U.S. Army , Robert Graves - 12 years in the Army National Guard , Raymond Banks - six years in the U.S. Navy , Michael Baugh - six years in the U.s. Navy , Hite Horner - six years in the Army National Guard , Nicki McDowell - six years in the Army National Guard , Austin Vanzant - 6 years in the U.S. Navy , James Hill - 4 years in the Army National Guard , Julus Keeling - 4 years in the U. S. Air Force , Bobby Spinks - 4 years in the U.S. Army , Noah Brewer - 3 years in the U.S. Army , Harry Bishop - 3 years in U. S. army , Gaylon Buck - 2 years in the U.S. Army , James Dillard - 2 years in U.S. Army , Sherrell Johnson - 2 years U.S. Army , Charles Thrasher - 2 years in the U.S. Army , and Arlen Renfrow - 2 years in the U.S. Marines.



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