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University of Iowa hosts Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Awards

Seven with UI ties will be honored

University of Iowa Army ROTC honor guard presents the Stars and Stripes and the Iowa flag during the Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Memorial Award ceremony at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
University of Iowa Army ROTC honor guard presents the Stars and Stripes and the Iowa flag during the Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Memorial Award ceremony at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa will recognize seven veterans with UI ties at a ceremony Thursday.

The Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Memorial Awards program starts at 5 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison St.

The award was established in 2015 to honor distinguished members of the armed forces who have demonstrated exceptional service to the United States and their communities, and who have ties to the UI.

The 2018 recipients of the Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award are:

• Tiffany Baker-Strothkamp is a UI graduate student in the rehabilitation and mental health counseling program. She served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2015, with two tours in Afghanistan. She is president of the UI Veterans Association.

• Fred Becker of Waterloo enrolled in the UI in 1915 and was the first Iowa football player to be named a first team All-American. A Marine, he was killed in action on July 18, 1918, in France during World War I. He was awarded the American Distinguished Service Cross, the Belgian War Cross and the French War Cross.

• Clarence E. Hamilton was a UI College of Law student when he enlisted in the U.S. Army and become an ambulance driver in World War I. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government for bravery. After the war, he graduated from the UI College of law and served as a county attorney and an assistant attorney general. He re-enlisted in the Army in 1943 and headed all civil courts and prisons at Nuremberg and Bavaria, trying thousands of cases. When he returned to Iowa, he was a district court judge in Johnson County from 1960 to 1968, when he retired and resumed his private law practice.

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• Geraldene Felton joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1949 and served as a staff nurse until 1956, going on to work at the Walter Reed Institute of Nursing. She was professor and dean of the UI College of Nursing from 1981 to 1997. In 2012, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad named Felton an Iowa African American Woman History Maker.

• Evelyn Crary Bacon had a graduate degree in nursing from the UI when she enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1942. She participated in the invasion of Normandy during World War II. In 1950, she led the movement to start a School of Nursing at the University of Virginia in Richmond and was the first woman to head the Richmond Red Cross in 1981.

• Scott R. Daly, a UI assistant professor of chemistry, enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from high school in 1998 and was an M1 Abrams armor crewman. At the UI, he supervises a research group of eight doctoral students and five undergraduate researchers.

• Warren Lawson, a Fairfield native, played center for the UI football team and was named Iowa’s most valuable player in 1954. After graduating from UI ROTC, he was commissioned as an infantry second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving in numerous locations, including Vietnam. In August 1970, he assumed command of the 4th Battalion, 54th Infantry at Fort Know, Ky., and then taught at the U.S. Army War College. After retiring, he was appointed deputy adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard in 1979 and became adjutant general in 1985. U.S. Army

For more information on the honorees, visit now.uiowa.edu/2018/11/hawkeye-distinguished-veterans-award.

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