BY LEANN DILBECK –
U.S. Navy (Ret.) Captain Bob Young was inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame on November 5 during their sixth annual banquet. He, along with 14 other veterans, were honored for their acts of bravery and commitment to protecting their fellow U.S. soldiers and citizens.
Young was awarded the Defense Superior Service medal, three awards of the Navy Commendation medal for valor and two awards of the Meritorious Service medal. Locally, he commanded the American Legion Post No. 18 for 12 years and was named the Mena-Polk County Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year,” and founded Health Connections, Inc.
Just over 450 people attended the all-ages banquet that paid tribute to both the living veterans and the families of deceased inductees. Each veteran or family was presented the Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame medallion by U.S. Sen. John Boozman.