DAV honors Trumann veteran
Many veterans in America are honored with medals, salutes, flags and more. The Northeast Arkansas division of Disabled American Veterans honors veterans in hospice with a commemorative statue and plaque to pay tribute to their life of service.
On Monday, April 28, Dale Bibbs of Trumann received these awards of recognition at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.
Orginally from Manila, Bibbs enrolled in the United States Army on Aug. 17, 1967. He served an 18 month tour in Vietnam before being honorably discharged in 1970. His awards and recognition for his service include a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and a Vietnamese Campaign Medal.
"He loved his country, and he served it well. His country called him, and he went," said Ronnie Taylor, U.S. Marines, with the Disabled Veterans of America.
Taylor added that Vietnam veterans were not given the recognition they deserved when they came home from the war, but noted he is proud the Disabled American Veterans association is working to show their appreciation today.
"This is the greatest honor that has ever been bestowed upon me," Bibbs said. "I'm proud to serve my country, and I would do it again."
Bibbs and his wife, Polli Bibbs, have lived in Trumann for more than 30 years. The family has five generations of military service, also including Mrs. Bibbs' grandfather, World War I; her father, World War II; their son, Col. James Paul Rowlett, U.S. Air Force Reserve, and their granddaughter, Sam Carter, Air Force Airman.
In addition to their son in the Air Force, the Bibbs have two other children, Cindi Carter and Misty Bibbs.
Dale was diagnosed in March with a terminal disease which rapidly progressed. Upon learning that a fellow veteran was at the hospice house, the Disabled American Veterans prepared to give the award, the 60th recognition the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26 has issued in the area.
U.S. Air Force veteran Walter Clayton also was honored Monday with a commemorative plaque and statue at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.
"I was amazed at the turnout, and I will cherish the plaque and statue," Bibbs said. "I want to give a special thanks to Ronnie Taylor and the Disabled Veterans of America for giving me such an honor."