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Military Veterans'
Hall of Fame

Lieutenant Commander John Roger Rickard | Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame

Lieutenant Commander John Roger Rickard

Lieutenant Commander Rickard, Alma, U.S. Navy, Viet Nam. Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement Medal. During the Vietnam War, Rickard served three cruises as a torpedo mate on fast frigates. Upon retiring from the Navy, Rickard founded the Alma High School JROTC program and served 17 years. 

Lieutenant Commander John Roger Rickard developed the Alma High School’s Navy Junior ROTC program and helped lead it for 18 years; August 1995-June 2012 and 2014-2015. During that time, he produced a great reputation and developed great results. Some of those results” 10th highest rated JROTC program in the nation; and Most Outstanding Unit in the nation for the 2004-2005 school year. For seven of its first nine years, Alma High School’s Navy JROTC cadets led the 63-school Area 8 region of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and parts of Alabama and Florida. Alma’s Navy JROTC also qualified three times for the Navy National Marksmanship Championship.  Lieutenant Commander Rickard is also a member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) General William O. Darby Rangers Chapter as well as a current board member of the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame. He also is active in his community serving as Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at First Baptist Church, Alma Arkansas. He is a guest speaker at special events including Alma Rotary Club and American Legion, Ellig-Stoufer, post 32. Gideon, Alma Camp. 

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