The U.S. Postal Service paid tribute to Medal of Honor winner Nick Bacon on Tuesday by renaming the Rose Bud Post Office the Nicky “Nick” Daniel Bacon Post Office Building.
The U.S. Postal Service paid tribute to Medal of Honor winner Nick Bacon on Tuesday by renaming the Rose Bud Post Office the Nicky “Nick” Daniel Bacon Post Office Building. The ceremony took place in the Rose Bud High School Arena.
Congressman Tim Griffin sponsored the law in the U.S. House of Representatives to rename the facility.
Nick Bacon was born in Caraway, Arkansas in 1945 and, according to information provided, forged his mother’s signature so he could enlist in the army. Bacon served two tours in Vietnam.
On August 26, 1968, Bacon and his unit came under fire. After his platoon leader was wounded, he assumed command and let assaults against the enemy. For his brave actions, including destroying an anti-tank weapon, directing the platoons to destroy enemy positions, and rescuing soldiers, Bacon was awarded the Medal of Honor. Other honors he received were the Distinguished Service Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and a Purple Heart.
Bacon served as director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs from 1993 to 2005 and helped establish the Arkansas Veterans Coalition. Speaker of the House Denny Hastert appointed Bacon to the Veterans’ Disability Commission in 2004 and lived his final years in Rose Bud. When he passed away in 2010, Bacon was the last living Medal of Honor recipient from Arkansas.