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Military Veterans'
Hall of Fame

LT. Colonel Tedd Wayne Pylant | Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame

LT. Colonel Tedd Wayne Pylant

LT. Colonel Pylant , deceased, of Jonesboro earned the Bronze Star Medal for service during the Vietnam War. He served over 34 years in the Arkansas National Guard and with the National Guard Bureau. He was a lifetime member of American Legion, VFW, and Disabled Veterans of America as well as a noted leader in Craighead county Veterans issues.

Lieutenant Colonel Pylant was born and raised in Arkansas. He attended school at Arkansas State University and served honorably for 34 and 1/2 years with Arkansas National Guard and other various units as both an enlisted member and then an officer. 

As a military member Lieutenant Pylant's record is supreme. He enlisted as a private and 1960 with the 875th Engineering Battalion in Jonesboro and shortly thereafter became an officer. He spent some time on active duty to include a tour of duty in Vietnam where he served as an Engineer Advisor, a Platoon Leader, and Company Commander. Lieutenant Colonel Pylant earned a master's degree from Webster University and completed several military schools including the Fort Leavenworth Command and General Staff College. He served three tours of Duty at the Pentagon ultimately as the National Guard Bureau’s Director of Quality Management, managing the training for over 400,000 soldiers. Lieutenant Colonel Pylant retired from the Army in 1994. 

Not only did he serve his State and Nation with distinction through his military service, Lieutenant Colonel Pylant equally loved and served his community in many ways. He was an active member of the local American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the disabled American veterans, and the Military Officers Association of America. He also served as the former president of the Jonesboro Jaycees and was a member of the University Heights Lions Club. 

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