United States Army Colonel Ralph Puckett, Jr. from Tifton was inducted into the 2013 Class of the Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame for his selfless acts of bravery during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In Korea in November 1950, as a Lieutenant commanding a Ranger Company, he earned the Distinguished Service Cross, our nation’s second highest award, for his bravery and leadership during six intense and relentless human wave assaults by the enemy. He was wounded three times during this action. In Vietnam he earned a second Distinguished Service Cross. In addition, he also earned two Silver Stars, the Bronze Star, ten Air Medals, and five Purple Hearts during these two wars. Colonel Puckett retired after twenty-two years of active duty service while always leading from the front and taking care of Soldiers and their families. Colonel Puckett has also been inducted into the United States Army Ranger Hall of Fame.
Attention all Georgia Military Veterans: Nominations are being accepted for the Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame (GMVHOF). GMVHOF is a non-profit organization with mission of honoring Georgia veterans and is currently accepting nominations. If you know any veterans, please consider nominating them for this rare and noble hall of fame. Eligibility: Living or deceased veterans who served in one of the five branches of the military and was either born in Georgia, or entered the military in Georgia, or have lived in Georgia for at least 10 years. A veteran may be nominated in one of three categories: VALOR – heroic action(s) in combat; ACHIEVEMENT – significant contribution to the military while or service; or SERVICE – significant contribution to mankind. For more information on the GMVHOF, visit http://gmvhof.org/