Arkansas Military

Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula and Pvt. William Long recruiters shot

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Rep. French Hill say the U.S. Army will award the Purple Heart to two soldiers who were shot outside an Army recruiting station in Little Rock.

Private William Long of Conway was killed and Private Quinton Ezeagwula of Jacksonville was wounded when they were shot in June 2009.

The 2014 Defense Authorization Bill authorizes the Purple Heart to military members killed or wounded in an attack that specifically targets them because they are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or is carried out by a foreign terrorist organization.

Former site of the Little Rock Veterans Home
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

Every veteran nationwide would be eligible for in-state tuition to attend Arkansas’s higher education institutions under a bill passed by the House Education Committee Tuesday. Randy Massanelli, the top lobbyist for the University of Arkansas, spoke in favor.

Cpl. C.G. Bolden

The remains of a U.S. Army soldier from Arkansas who disappeared during the Korean War have been returned to the state after more than 64 years.

The remains of Cpl. C.G. Bolden of Clinton arrived by plane Thursday in Little Rock.

Bolden disappeared in January 1951. His remains were among those in more than 200 boxes of remains returned to the United States by North Korea during the 1990s and were identified in December.

Funeral services for Bolden are scheduled for Saturday morning in Clinton at Roller McNutt Funeral Home.

U.S. Air Force

A portion of a street at the Little Rock Air Force Base will be renamed for an airman killed while protecting one of his daughters from a tornado at Vilonia last April.

This Saturday, the head of the Air National Guard will present the Airman's Medal to the family of Master Sgt. Dan Wassom and preside over the renaming of a street. Wassom was a member of the 189th Airlift Wing.

Gov. Mike Beebe is urging Arkansans to find ways to honor those who have served in the nation's military throughout the year as the state is marking Veterans Day. Speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony in downtown Little Rock, Beebe said Tuesday the nation needs to make sure it recognizes veterans and keeps commitments to them and not just limit honoring them to one day during the year.  Veterans of all ages gathered at the River Market for the annual ceremony, which marks Beebe's last as governor.

Members of Arkansas' U.S. House delegation are asking the U.S. Department of Defense to finish a report on whether two Arkansas military members who were shot outside a Little Rock recruiting center should be eligible for Purple Hearts.

Arkansas congressmen Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack also said in the letter Thursday that eligibility should be reviewed for victims of the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood in Texas.

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is launching the Arkansas Vietnam War Project, with the hopes of documenting the stories of people who were in the war, or knew someone who was. The Center hopes to record oral histories as well as collect letters, photographs and diary entries from willing participants.

Brian Robertson is manager of the Research Services Division at the Butler Center and is leading the project. He says at the time of U.S. involvement, Arkansans largely supported the war effort.

Little Rock Air Force Base officials are blaming a case of mistaken identity for an alarm that led them to lock down the base for several hours following the report of a suspicious individual on the base.

Officials on Thursday said the 6,100-acre base was locked down after they received a report that a suspicious individual tried to forcibly gain access to a base building.

A spokeswoman for the Little Rock Air Force Base says the grounds have been reopened after being put on lockdown earlier today because of a suspicious individual.  

Authorities aren't offering any additional details about what prompted the scare or how it was resolved.  Gates reopened 4:08 p.m., after being closed at 11:45.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a resolution renaming a Perryville post office in honor of the first American prisoner of war executed during the Vietnam War.

The House passed the measure Monday to name the facility the Harold George Bennett Post Office. The resolution was sponsored by Arkansas U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and co-sponsored by the three other members of Arkansas' House delegation.