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Decorated Arkansans to be recognized as part of Military Appreciation Day

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Press Release University of Arkansas:

A pair of decorated Arkansans will berecognized as part of Military Appreciation Day festivities at the Arkansas vs.Samford football game on Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.The Razorbacks will honor the late Adam Brown, a Navy SEAL Chief from HotSprings, Ark, and Milton Crenchaw, a Little Rock native and original member ofthe legendary Tuskegee Airmen during halftime of Saturday's game.

 

Brown was a 12 year veteran of the UnitedStates Navy, with several tours of duty overseas. He was killed in action inKomar Province, Afghanistan on March 17, 2010. The U.S. Forces were engagingthe enemy in a fire fight, when a portion of the U.S. soldiers were pinned downby very heavy fire from the enemy compound. In an effort to protect his men,Brown charged the enemy from a better vantage point, drawing fire away from hispinned down comrades. His selfless action relieved the fire on his men, but itunfortunately resulted in Adam being struck by enemy fire. Brown was awardedthe Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with Valor and a Purple Heart. Brown issurvived by his wife and two children.

 

Crenchaw was one ofthe first African Americans in the country, and the first fromArkansas, to be trained by the federal government as a civilian licensed pilot.He trained hundreds of cadet pilots while at Alabama's Tuskegee Institute inthe 1940s and was the catalyst in starting the first successful flight programat Philander Smith College in Little Rock. His combined servicerecord extends for over forty years of federal service with the U.S. Army AirCorps and the U.S. Air Force. Crenchaw was inducted into the Arkansas AviationHall of Fame in 1998. On March 27, 2007, he was honored by Governor MikeBeebe for his historic efforts as a Tuskegee flight instructor and serviceto his country. On March 29, 2007, Crenchaw, along with the other members ofthe Tuskegee Airmen, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by PresidentGeorge W. Bush in Washington D.C. The Tuskegee Airmen are the largest group toever receive this medal. Crenchaw was inducted into the Arkansas BlackHall of Fame on October 27, 2007.

 

Military Appreciation Day will include avariety of different events including a special pre-game ceremony. ArkansasNational Guard members will display a large American flag on the field as theRazorback Marching Band plays the "National Anthem." The "National Anthem" willbe followed by the band's rendition of "America the Beautiful." In advance ofMilitary Appreciation Day, all military groups are also encouraged to submitphotos to neveryieldphotos@gmail.com for use in a specialvideo board presentation during the game.

Razorback Athletics has also teamed up withthe University of Arkansas' Veterans Resource and Information Center (VRIC) tohelp distribute donated tickets to various military groups to attend the game.Through its game sponsorship, AT&T will provide 100 tickets to militarypersonnel to attend the game. Other specially purchased tickets to the gamewill be donated to those military groups identified by the VRIC including theArkansas National Guard, the Little Rock Air Force Base and University ofArkansas student veterans.


On game day, University of Arkansas students sitting in the student sectionwill receive an official Military Appreciation Day rally towel courtesy ofAssociated Student Government. A display of military equipment will also befeatured outside War Memorial Stadium as part of the festivities.

  

WarMemorial Stadium was originally built as a tribute to Arkansans who had giventheir lives in the service of their country during the two great World Wars. Ithas grown, over time, as a living tribute to all Arkansans who have served andpaid the ultimate price for their country.

 

Ticketsfor Saturday's game are still available for $55 online atArkansasRazorbacks.com through the Razorback Ticket Office or in person at theWar Memorial Stadium Box Office. Fans may also order tickets by calling1-800-982-HOGS (4647).

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