4 ETX veterans to be honored with medals for service

4 ETX veterans to be honored with medals for service
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Monday, March 17, 2014 - 3:24pm

Four East Texas veterans, including two still living, will be honored Tuesday for their service overseas.

U.S Congressman Jeb Hensarling will present the medals.

See the list of veterans honored below:

Mr. Archie Thomas of Palestine served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was shot down over Brunswick, Germany on April 8, 1944 and spent 13 months as a POW in Austria. Congressman Hensarling will present Mr. Thomas with the Prisoner of War Medal.

Mr. Jerry Howard of Palestine served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was wounded in a village north of Ben Wah in 1968. After completing his military service, he continued to serve his country and state as an employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 23 years until his retirement. Congressman Hensarling will present Mr. Howard with six medals, including the Silver Star and Purple Heart. 

U.S. Army Sergeant Joshua David Powell of Quitman was killed in the line of duty on June 4, 2011 while serving in Afghanistan. Sgt. Powell was born and raised in Wood County and was a 2001 graduate of Quitman High School. During his eight years in the Army, he served in Kosovo, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Congressman Hensarling will present Sgt. Powell’s parents – Gerald Ray and Brenda Powell of Quitman – 11 medals their son earned for his service, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.  

Mr. Adam Fotenot of Van Zandt County was a U.S. Army Wagoneer with Company C of the 114th Infantry and Supply Company during World War I. Mr. Fontenot enlisted in the Army in March 1918 at the age of 24 and served in a number of battles and engagements in France until he was honorably discharged in May of 1919. Mr. Harold J. Tanner – who, along with his brother, was adopted by Mr. Fontenot at the age of 4 from the Corsicana State Home – will accept the World War I Victory Button and the World War I Victory Medal with France Service Clasp from Congressman Hensarling on his father’s behalf. Mr. Harry Fontenot – the Van Zandt County Veterans Services Officer and grandson of Mr. Adam Fontenot – will also be on hand for the presentation. 


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