Medal of Honor recipient Nick Bacon dies at age 64 after battle with cancer
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Medal of Honor recipient and former Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Director Nick Bacon has died.
The department announced in a news release that the 64-year-old Bacon died Saturday morning at age 64 after suffering from cancer.
Bacon served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1984 and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during a 1968 battle in Vietnam. He served as director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs from 1993 through 2005.
Bacon was born in Caraway in northeast Arkansas and most recently lived in Rose Bud.
Funeral services are planed for 11 a.m. on July 24 at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////// From our local Channel 11 KTHV at Little Rock:
Nick Bacon, U.S. Army First Sergeant Retired, and Arkansas' last living recipient of the Medal of Honor died this morning, July 17, 2010, at the age of 64 after a long fought battle with cancer. Governor Mike Beebe had a few words regarding his friends passing. He says, "You never saw him down. I never saw him feel sorry for himself. He was always somebody who wanted to do something for somebody else. Nick Bacon is to be remembered as an Arkansas and an American hero." He served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1984 and was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Nixon for his heroic efforts west of Tam Ky, Republic of Vietnam on August 26, 1968 while serving as Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army's 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. During his second tour of duty, for which he volunteered, Squad Leader Bacon took charge of two platoons of Company B after their platoon leaders and several soldiers fell wounded. He fought off enemy positions as he led his men forward to rescue those trapped at the front. On his first tour of duty, he narrowly survived a helicopter crash. He tried to serve a third tour, but was refused. Nick also received the Distinguished Service Cross, Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, and Purple Heart. Nick Bacon was appointed Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs in April, 1993 by Governor Jim Guy Tucker. He was re-appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee and served until February, 2005. Mr. Bacon was essential in the development of the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery and the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery Beautification Foundation. A staunch supporter of veterans, he also helped to establish the Arkansas Veterans' Coalition. Nicky Daniel Bacon was born November 25, 1945 in Caraway, Arkansas to a farm family of six children. His family moved to Arizona when he was a child. There, at the age of 17, he joined the Army. After retiring from the military, he returned to Arizona and worked for the VA Regional Office in Phoenix. Following a stint working for John McCain's U.S. Senate campaign, he became City Manager of Surprise, Arizona. He moved back to Arkansas in 1990. He most recently lived in Rose Bud. Nick leaves behind his wife Tamera Ann, several children and grandchildren. Final arrangements are not complete, but service with full military honors will be conducted at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock on Saturday, July 24, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. Following the service, a reception is being planned. Information about the service, the reception, and parking arrangements will be placed on our web site, when available.