First Assembly honors veterans during July 4 program
Six Atmore veterans were honored during a July 4 program on Sun., June 28.
The veterans honored included Jack Wright, Marcus Stewart, Robert Craker, Chris Walker, Charles Wilson and Paul Chason.
- Cpl. Jack Wright, United States Army – Tank company, 4th Infantry; Seattle, Wash., from 1949-1953. He has served as the chaplain for the American Legion Post 90 for 60 years. He earned the good conduct medal and the national defense medal.
- Sgt. Marcus R. Stewart, United States Army – Stewart served in Korea, Germany and during the Bosnia War from 1995-1996. He served in airborne/air assault and had 10 years of active service. Stewart served three overseas tours, earning the overseas ribbon, Army service ribbon, commendation medal, achievement medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Medal award, Army good conduct medal, national defense service medal, Nato medal, Armed Forces service medal, parachutist badge, air assault badge and driver/mechanic badge.
- Robert “Bob” Craker, United States Marine Corp – Craker served in Korea from 1952-54, Okinawa, Japan from 1954-47, Hawaii from 1962-65, Vietnam from 1968-69 and retired after 21 years of service. He earned the Korea service medal, expert rifle shooter badge, expert pistol badge, six months drill field D1, seven awards for good conduct, Vietnam cross of gallantry with palm, Vietnam campaign medal with device, Vietnam service medal with four stars, combat action ribbon, good conduct medal with five stars and the national defense service medal with a star.
- Chris Walker, United States Navy – Walker served aboard the U.S.S. Mississippi CGN 40 out of Norfolk, Va. from 1983-1988. He earned the good conduct medal, expert marksman medal and national defense medal. The U.S.S. Mississippi was a nuclear powered guided missile cruiser that launched on July 31, 1976, and was commissioned on Aug. 5, 1978 by President Jimmy Carter.
- Charles Wilson, United States Army – Battery B 1st How BN, 92nd artillery out of Fort Bragg, N.C. He served in the Army from 1963-1969. He earned the good conduct medal, expert rifle badge, national defense medal and qualified 155 howitzer small cannon with a range of 9 miles.
- Paul Chason, United States Navy – Chason served as a master cryptologic system technician. He served in Alaska, Guam, Japan, Okinawa, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Iceland, Hawaii and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was in the Navy for more than 23 years. As a cryptologic technician, Chason performed a wide range of tasks in support of National Intelligence gathering effort with an emphasis on cryptologic and signal intelligence related products. He earned the meritorious unit commendation medal, good conduct medla, 45 caliber pistol marksman medal, Army commendation medal, Navy achievement medal, national defense service medal, Navy commendation medal, overseas service ribbon and join meritorious unit commendation. Chason also served in Ft. Denver, Maryland; Corry Station, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; Meade, Mo.; Homestead, Fla.; Imperial Beach, Calif.; and Scaggs Island, S.C.