The Greater Southwest Historical Museum in Ardmore will be inducting two new members to its Hall of Honor this month.
On Sept. 9, Lt. Col. Charles R. Alexander, of Wilson, and Technician Fifth Grade Noah Wayne Ralls, of Hugo, will join 38 members in the Hall of Honor.
Museum Director Admiral Wesley Hull will be in charge of the ceremonies and is glad to recognize the newest members of the Hall of Honor.
“It just gives us a way to honor these veterans,” Hull said. “Who have given so much through their exemplary achievements.”
Lt. Col. Alexander was a graduate of Wilson High School in 1959, and was awarded an athletic scholarship to Murray State College for basketball and football. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1962 and then was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force where he served as a pilot.
During his time in the military he served in Vietnam from 1969 to to 1971. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1982, serving a total of 20 years.
Technician Fifth Grade Ralls attended Ardmore High School but was drafted into the army in 1944 before his graduation. Ralls spent World War II fighting in Central Europe and received the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with two Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Ribbon, Overseas Service Bar and World War II Victory Ribbon. He was wounded twice, but turned down both Purple Hearts.
Private Willie Stevenson, of Milo will receive a special salute and tribute during the ceremony for his service. Private Stevenson is being recognized as the first African American from Carter County to die during World War I.
In December of 1951, an American Legion Post in Ardmore was named the Willie Stevenson Post No 264.
The ceremony will be held at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum at 2 p.m. with a special ceremony to follow the inductions.
“This just gives us as veterans a way to honor these people,” Hull said. “Who have contributed so much.”