BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Disabled American Veterans organization made presentations on Thursday, December 4th, to honor individuals and a business that have been most helpful in the DAV’s endeavors throughout the years.
Harold Coogan, local historian and educator, was recognized as an Outstanding Citizen of the Community first for his extensive work and research that added fifteen names to the Fallen Warrior Memorial monument at the Polk County Courthouse. The original monument listed 141 names of soldiers that gave their all in service of their country. Through Coogan’s research, an additional 15 names have been added. Coogan explained that sometimes citizens of Polk County would go elsewhere to sign up for the military, making it hard to track down individuals from the County who have served. DAV Adjuntant Don Martin said, “Without the meticulous research and efforts of Harold Coogan, those fifteen names might’ve never been found.”
Theresa Judkins and James Scott were also recognized as Outstanding Citizens. Ray Corder said of the pair, “These awards are for their tireless efforts to help the veterans of Polk County.”
James Scott, Commander of the DAV, made a presentation of a picture to Beasley Wood Funeral Home. The picture is a canvas portrait taken by William Rainey of the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Scott purchased raffle tickets on behalf of DAV for a drawing on the photo and won. The DAV donated the picture to Beasley Wood “in sincere appreciation of your dignified and compassionate care for our departed comrades,” as the plaque placed on front of the canvas states. ??? accepted the picture on behalf of Beasley Wood and said, “It’s my honor and privilege to know you all and to see what all you do for us.”