Sunday, May 28, 2023

Celebrating our Heros

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans who served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.    It was created to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.   Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Our troops have fought in major conflicts, including World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and the Iraq and Afghan Wars. They fought in smaller actions around the world, such as Somalia, Bosnia, and Grenada. They deserve our thanks on Veterans Day and on every day of the year.

“On Veterans Day, put out your flags, cheer the marchers at parades, and go to tributes.  But when you wake up the next day… remember that it’s still Veterans Day for our veterans — and it will be every day of their lives.”                           — Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

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We would LOVE to post a picture of your veteran on this page.

Just e-mail a picture along with name, branch of service, war or conflict to or stop by our studios at 921 West Collin Raye Drive in De Queen between 7 am & 4 pm week days and we will scan your photo or snap a picture of you.

Jim Presson

US Army-Vietnam War

Jim Presson served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1970 in Germany during the Vietnam War.

Sterling Ross

US Army

Sterling Ross served in the US Army 2012-2014. He is the grandson Sharon and Gary Baker and great grandson of WWII Army Veteran and Prisoner of War, Sterling Baker.

Sterling Baker


Sterling Baker served in the Army during WWII in France and Germany. He was a Prisoner of War for a year.

Kyle Stout

Sergeant E5 in the US Army

Sgt, Kyle Brandon Stout, 25, of Wake Village, Texas died courageously July 30, 2010 while serving his country in Operation Enduring Freedom in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Kyle was a Sergeant E5 in the US Army in the 101st Airborne Division, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Kyle helped in the continued fight for the war on Terrorism, deploying to Iraq in Oct 2007 and returning in Nov 2008.

Donald Farrow


1950-1953 Korean Conflict

Maxie Gage

US Navy

Maxie Gage served in the United States Navy. He is a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Trevor Butler

US Air Force

Trevor Butler served as Mst Sgt of the United States Air Force.

Shilo Smith

US Army Special Forces

He served 23 years. Shilo served in the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC. most of his career. He has made 8 combat trips with 4 to Afghanistan and 4 to Iraq. Shilo was recognized by the President of the United States for the volunteer work he has done within the community and was awarded the 2018 Presidential Volunteer Service Award as well as received many military awards.

Ronald Butler

US Army

Ronald Butler Served in the United States Army in Vietnam.

Math C. Frachiseur

US Army Air Corp E-5


J. Wallace Bunyard

Merchant Marines


David E. Frachiseur

US Army


Jay W. Lindly, Jr.

US Marines

Currently serving

John Tidwell


Matt Corley

US Army E-4

Roger Tolison

US Marine Corps


Tony Spigner

US Navy 1948-1952


James J Eakin

Us Navy

Currently serving

Walter Lenard Smith (Center)

US Army


Lyde B. Williams. Sr.

US Army


James F. Williams

US Army


James Overturf


Jeff Overturf

National Guard

Gerald T Ernest

US Navy 1940-1960

Chief Yeoman

Tom Ernest

US Navy OM2 1967-1971

Submarine Squadron 16

John Ernest

US Marine Corps 1991-1995

Lance Corporal

Rodney Young

US Army 1969-2007

Command Sergeant Major

Mike Walker

US Navy 1946-1968


Grady Finney


1968-1969 Vietnam

Joe Lovell

US Army 1965-1967


SSG Thomas McDonald

Alvie Evans

US Army


John Oliver

US Army


William Elory Sharp

US Navy Medical Corp


Oren J. Lindly

US Army Paratrooper


Mack A. Smith

U.S. Army


R. B. Young

US Army


Jesse Jefferson Cashion Jr


James Earl Logan

US Army

Hershel Janes

US Army 1969-1971


Claude T. Dorsey

US Army

WWI Two Purple Hearts

Doyle Johnson

US Army 1942-1945


Roy B. Taylor

PFC - US Army

June 7, 1956 - June 6, 195

Charles Loftin

US Army - 20 years of service


Joe Compagna

US Air Force 1952-1972

Master Sergeant

5 Generations of Service

(Standing left) Lacey Corley, US Army E-2; (Flags) Great-Great Grandfather Milton Downs E-4 US Army WWI machine gun battalion in France; Great Grandfather M.C. Frachiseur E-5 US Army Aircorp WWII Okinawa; Great Grandfather Erwin Anderson US Army E-6, WWII, Korea & Vietnam; Grandfather Roger Corley US Navy E-5, Vietnam; (Standing right) Father Matt Corley, US Army -E4

The following photos were featured in the De Queen Lions Club 2011 Salute to Veterans Calendar.  Photos used by permission.

Sterling Daniel

US Navy Helmsman - WWII

He served 3 years. It was his duty to steer the ship. He also operated smaller vessels from ship to shore. He finished up his Navy hitch aboard the battleship Missouri. One of his cruises included a voyage from Brazil back to the United States in which President Harry S. Truman was a passenger on the Missouri.

Dale Janes


He joined the US Navy in November 1944. He was still in electronics training when the atomic bombs ended WWII in the Pacific. he completed his service and use the GI bill to go to college and get an engineering degree.

Coleman McRae


Drafted in April 1944, Coleman served under Gen. Geore Patton. He had been in Europe oly four months when a sniper's bullet hit him in the neck. He spent 11 months in a hospital in Missouri before he returned home to Sevier County.

Loy Poag

US Army-WWII - Gen. Patton's Third Army

He was a member of the field artillery and fought in the Battle of the Bulge when it began. He survived several close calls, including a motar explosion that sent him to a field hospital. Poag said his feet were frozen in the brutal winter cold and he also got to meet Gen. Patton.

Dave Lynch

US Navy - WWII Pearl Harbor Survivor

(Pictured left) Lynch was a machinist on the USS Whitney when the Japanese attached Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. His ship was not hit in the attack and he went on to serve on 5 ships over a 20-year Navy Career 1941-1960.

Herman Jackson

Pictured left is his brother Claude, Herman's hitch in the Navy took him all over the South Pacific during WWII. His ship, the USS John Rodgers, landed troops in Guam, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. Later the ship escorted soldiers into Tokoyo. After leaving the Navy in 1946, he went back home to Booneville, AR and a bank job. He moved to De Queen in and worked at First National Bank until he retired in 1987.

J.D. Bartlett


Bartlett parlayed a skill learned from the US Navy into a career as a medical lab technician. After he was discharged, JD returned to school at Horatio and finished the last three years of high school in one year. He worked at De Queen Clinic as a lab technician for 42 years.

Loyd Elliott

US Air Force

During his 21 1/2 years of service, LP was stationed in 19 different countries and served one tour of duty in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. He ended his Air force career at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana where he was transportation superintendent.

Robert Miller

US Army

Robert served April 1944-May 1946. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge before he was wounded and spent 90 days in an English hospital. He was in combat for 41 days. He returned to the war for limited duty as a truck driver and saw seven countries.

Ruel Archer


He was decorated with the Purple Heart & Bronze Star in WWII. Archer survived a chilly plunge into the English Channel on Christmas eve 1944, when his ship was torpedoed by a German submarine. The USS Leopoldville was hit at the waterline and sank. He caught some shrapnel during another attach. A radio operator, he called in the position of enemy artillery and enabled US artillery to silence the enemy's guns.

Rusty Durham

US Marine Corps-WWII & Korea

O.H. "Rusty" served in US Marine Corps in two wars. During WWII, his travels took him to the Caribbean, Marianas, Saipan, Okinawa and, finally, the occupation of Japan. He was among the American soldiers who entered Nagasaki after the atomic bomb was deployed. He was recalled to active service during the Korean War and served as an instructor in the United States. He later served 12 years as Sevier County Judge.

Ivy and Eldo Roberts


These cousins both served during WWII. Ivy spent three years as a gunner in the Pacific fleet. Eldo only served one year, one month and one day. When he was drafted, he was married with two children. But with the war winding down, he did not go overseas.

We would LOVE to post a picture of your veteran on this page.

Just e-mail a picture along with name, branch of service, war or conflict to or stop by our studios at 921 West Collin Raye Drive in De Queen between 7 am & 4 pm week days and we will scan your photo.