Ralph C. Ferguson
Sergeant First Class Ralph Carder Ferguson, Arkansas Army National Guard, Retired, Fort Smith. Following graduation from Van Buren High School, 1985, Ralph enlisted in the United States Army Infantry. Sergeant Ferguson served two combat tours of duty: one in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the other in Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards include the Purple Heart, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals and six Army Achievement Medals. Following over twenty-years active duty, Sergeant Ferguson was transferred to the Retired Reserve, May 2006.
Upon his retirement SFC Ferguson volunteered with several Veterans Service Organizations such as the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the American Legion. He has served as Service Officer for both Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He also served as the Chapter Commander, Adjutant, Finance Officer, and Chaplin for Chapter 1, Disabled American Veterans, Senior Vice-Commander and Trustee for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8845. SFC is also a volunteer leader in Westark Area Council, Boy Scouts of American, where he has served in several positions such as Webelos Leader, Scoutmaster, and District Commissioner. He currently serves as the Order of the Arrow Chapter Advisor, Unit Commissioner, and Committee Chair for Troop 2. For is outstanding service and support to the Boy Scouts he has been presented the following awards: District Award of Merit, James E. West Award, Silver Beaver, Arrowhead Honor Award, Commissioner Key, Distinguished Commissioner Award, Adult Religious Award, Commissioner Award of Excellence, Scouter Trainer Award-District, Vigil Honor, and the Wood Badge Beads with the Fourth Bead for being named Scoutmaster of National Youth Leadership Training Course.
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