First Lieutenant Robert Scott Bell
First Lieutenant Bell of Searcy, U.S. Army, Vietnam. Awards include two Bronze Star medals, the Army Commendation medal for valor, and the Air medal. He served 28 years as a Veterans counselor for the Arkansas Employment Security Division and raised funds for the U.S. Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
First Lieutenant Bell first served as an enlisted man, and then received a direct commission in the United States Army completing this time in service as a First Lieutenant. While in the US Army he served as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander in Vietnam. He earned the Army Commendation Medal with V for Valor, Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, Air Medal for 25 combat assaults, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Service Medal, and the Sharpshooter award.
Lieutenant Bell was recognized in an article published by Searcy Living titled A Promise Made A Promise Kept. In 1968, Lieutenant Bell dropped out of Arkansas State University after spending almost nine semesters in college study. He left school and enlisted in the Army and in January 1969 shipped off for basic training. He promised his mother he would return to school to finish his degree. On May 9th 2015 he fulfilled his promise graduating from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with his son, grandson and wife proudly watching. His graduation day coincided with Mothers Day weekend.
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