JULY 26, 2005 - Posted at 3:59 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Three of the 26 Medals of Honor awarded to Arkansans are on display together for the first time at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock.
A ceremony was held at the museum today to announce plans for a permanent exhibit dedicated to all of the Arkansas recipients. The exhibit is to open in 2007.
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. It is typically presented by the president in the name of Congress, and is often called the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The medals awarded to Nathan G. Gordon for his service in World War II, Gilbert G. Collier for his Korean War service, and to Nick Bacon of Craighead County for his service during Vietnam, will serve as centerpieces of the permanent exhibit.
The list of Medals of Honors given to Region 8-based veterans, dating back to the Civil War, includes:
WORLD WAR II:
-James R. Hendrix, Lepanto
-Edgar H. Lloyd, Blytheville
-William H. Thomas, Wynne