In 2003, at the inception of the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS) program, Nick Bacon was selected as its chair and held that position until 2005. One of only 25 Arkansans to receive the Medal of Honor and the only Arkansan to receive the award for service in Vietnam, Bacon died July 17, 2010, following a battle with throat cancer. He was 64. He loved his country and his family and he will be missed by all.
On August 26, 1968, while commanding a squad of the first platoon of Company B, 4th Battalion, in an operation west of Tam Ky in Vietnam, Bacon destroyed several enemy positions with hand grenades. When his platoon leader was wounded, Bacon led the platoon to destroy the remaining enemy positions. Bacon also took command of a second platoon (3rd Platoon, Bravo Company) when its leader was killed and rallied both platoons against the enemy. Providing cover for evacuation of wounded, Bacon climbed a tank to fire at the enemy, a move that exposed him to enemy fire. He was credited with killing at least four enemy soldiers and destroying an anti-tank gun.
For his actions in this battle, Bacon was awarded the Medal of Honor. For his military service in Vietnam and his career, he received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars (with combat "V"), the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and numerous other awards and decorations.
After his 21-year career in the U.S. Army, Bacon served as director of the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs from 1993 to 2005.
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