STEVE STEPHENS AND CLYDE SNIDER
Special to the Democrat-Gazette
He was born in Plumerville and attended Ouachita Baptist College (now University), but dropped out at the beginning of World War II to join the Marine Corps. In 1942 he was chosen to become part of an elite group that would become known as Carlson's Raiders. Due to his heroic actions during the battle for Guadalcanal he earned his first Navy Cross, was nominated for the Medal of Honor and received a battlefield commission.
After discharge he returned to civilian life in Little Rock where he owned a liquor store. When the Korean Conflict began he volunteered. At age 32, after suffering serious facial wounds, he continued to lead his platoon in defending its position against 120,000 Chinese troops. For this he earned his second Navy Cross, a Silver Star and a Purple Heart.
In the 1960s, supporting integration, he ran unsuccessfully for state senator. He won a lawsuit against Gov. Orval Faubus to make voting in the state more racially balanced. His wife served on the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools.
He volunteered for duty during the Vietnam War, but the Marines would not accept him because of previous injuries.
A student of philosophy and poetry, he also was the model for the bronze bust of Revolutionary War hero Count Casimir Pulaski, which is at the Pulaski County Courthouse.
Notable Arkansans is written by Steve Stephens and produced by Clyde Snider.
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Style on 01/06/2019
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