A University of Pine Bluff alumnus and World War II veteran will receive five overdue military medals from U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the UAPB STEM Conference Center.
Thomas Franklin Vaughns, 99, is scheduled to receive the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WW II, Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
Vaughns served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 as a mechanic for the Tuskegee Airman during WWII, according to a news release.
He was drafted a second time for the Korean War, where he worked as a supply sergeant at Fort Hood, Texas, according to the senator’s office.
Vaughns earned his undergraduate degree in agriculture education from UAPB. He also worked at UAPB and the UA Extension Office for many years. Vaughns was interviewed by Boozman’s office for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, according to the senator’s office.
Boozman will visit with staff at UAPB and present the medals to Vaughns, according to the senator’s office. The presentation is part of Boozman’s tour throughout the state to meet with veterans, visit veteran-owned businesses and tour facilities where Arkansas veterans receive services.
The Stem Conference Center is located in the UAPB complex at 1530 L.A. Prexy Davis Drive.