WWII vet donates flag to ASU ROTC

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-  A Randolph County WWII veteran donates American flag to the Arkansas State University ROTC in Jonesboro.

Robert Winchester of Pocahontas presented the United States flag to ASU Military Science Professor Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Clark Thursday afternoon.  The flag is 25 feet long and 14 and half feet wide.  The ASU ROTC also presented Winchester with a certificate of appreciation and a battalion coin.  The huge flag had previously flown on the side of the retired "Winchester Cathedral" hot air balloon.

Robert Winchester served as a mortar crewman with the 44th Infantry Division in France, Germany, Austria and Belgium in World War II.  During his service he received a Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Emblem, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation (German Clasp) Medal, Honorable Service Lapel World War II Button and Combat Infantryman Badge.

Ltc. Clark says they've asked Winchester's permission to display the flag on the ROTC flag pole on holidays like the Fourth of July.

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