Arkansas Vietnam War hero honored by Congress


WASHINGTON – Nicky Daniel Bacon, who received a Medal of Honor for his heroic service in the Vietnam War, will have a post office named after him in Rose Bud.

On Thursday, the Senate sent President Obama legislation designating the postal facility in the north central Arkansas community the “Nicky ‘Nick’ Daniel Bacon Post Office.”

Bacon, who died on July 12, 2010, received the Medal of Honor in 1969 for his actions near Tam Ky, Vietnam.

The 1st Platoon, Company B, came under fire from an enemy bunker line ahead of Bacon’s squad. He quickly organized his men and led them forward in an assault, destroying the bunker with grenades.

As they made their attack, Company B’s platoon leader was wounded by machine gun fire. He took charge of the 1st Platoon as well as the 3rd Platoon, whose leader was also wounded.

Bacon continued the fight and single-handedly took out the enemy gun crew. In the ensuing action, he killed four more enemy soldiers and silenced an antitank weapon, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

“Nick Bacon served our country with unwavering dedication and courage, and I’m proud to dedicate this Post Office in his honor,” said Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. “Nick was a hero not only on the battlefield but also by the way he lived his life serving others. He was a champion of veterans’ causes and always had the veteran at heart,” said Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.

Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, introduced the legislation, which cleared the House in July.

“Nick Bacon’s example is one all Arkansans can admire, and I’m pleased the Senate has joined the House in honoring his legacy,” Griffin said.

An account of Bacon’s heroic actions can be read at http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3220/bacon-nicky-daniel.php Stories about recent Medal of Honor recipients from Iraq and Afghanistan can be found at http://www.americanvalor.net/