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Private First Class Paul Robert Noland | Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame

Private First Class Paul Robert Noland

Private First Class Noland, deceased, Fayetteville, U.S. Army, WWII. Awards include the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medal with three battle stars, the WWII Victory medal, and the Combat Infantryman and Expert Infantryman Badges. He served 43 years as Professor and Department Head of the U. of Arkansas Animal and Poultry Sciences Department, authored 200 publications and served 5 years as mayor of Fayetteville. 

Dr. Paul Noland was raised in a small rural farming community in Laura, Illinois. His military service took him from Fort Polk, Louisiana across the Atlantic to Europe where he and others of his generation lead the American Forces to their victory. During that time, he served in campaigns from the Ardennes Forest in Belgium to the Rhineland in Germany. His company experienced a casualty rate of 1:3. After his military service he used his G.I. Bill to obtain both his bachelor and master degree from the University of Illinois. Upon completion of his PhD at Cornell University in March 1951, he had three job opportunities, the University of Tennessee, University of Hawaii, and the University of Arkansas. Dr. Noland and his wife settled in Fayetteville where they raised their four sons. From 1955 until 1957 Dr. Noland accepted the opportunity with the University of Arkansas and U.S. Department of Agriculture to live and work in a rural community in Panama on an agricultural mission. While he was there he worked with other U of A representatives to help develop a research program in animal nutrition and management that spurred the growth of the agricultural industry in Panama. Dr. Noland was recognized with two awards for his work in Panama. In 1997 he was awarded the “Amador Awards” and in 2009 he was awarded the “Vasco Nunez de Balboa” award. While he was in Fayetteville he was a member of many civic organizations: Lion’s Club (50+ years), Fayetteville Youth Baseball Association President, Boy Scouts of America-District Chairman, Washington County Historical Society, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity-Advisor and Member of Housing Corporation (25 years), University of Arkansas-Faculty Representative on both the Athletic Committee and Standards Committee, Fayetteville City Board/Council (13 years), and City of Fayetteville Mayor (5 years). 

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