LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos honored Arthur Hawkins of Riverside during Senate session on Wednesday for his distinguished service in three American wars. During his 34 years of service, Hawkins served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
“We are truly grateful for Arthur’s bravery, courage and willingness to risk his own life in order to protect the liberty and freedom that we hold so dear,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “America is the beacon of liberty and hope in the world because it remains the home of the brave. Indeed, Arthur’s noble service is an incredible example of the enormous sacrifice and selfless dedication of our service men and women, and it was a tremendous honor to express our heartfelt appreciation to Arthur Hawkins on the Senate floor.”
Hawkins was first assigned to 19th Bombardment Group, 30th Bombardment Squadron, which was the most decorated bombardment group in World War II. He fought in the Western Pacific Air Offensive against Japan, served in the Korean War and finished his service to the U.S. Air Force in 1967 after serving in the Vietnam War. His honors include the National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with Four Oak Leaf Clusters and Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
Hawkins’ service record was brought to Proos’ attention by Rev. David Haase.
“Arthur would have never asked for this recognition,” Proos said. “He is too humble for that. He will be the first to tell you that he represents the men and women who have given so much in service to our great nation.”
Proos presented Hawkins with an American flag flown over the Capitol and a special tribute signed by Proos; Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township; U.S. Rep. Fred Upton; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Gov. Rick Snyder.
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