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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

November 03, 2017

John Porter, Vietnam War Veteran, chosen to receive True American Hero Award

Presentation slated for next Tuesday, Nov. 7, at College of the Ozarks 

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — On Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, the MOZARK Chapter, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), will present the True American Hero award to Vietnam War Veteran John Porter at College of the Ozarks.

The presentation will take place prior to the afternoon performance of “Flames of Freedom: The Perilous Journey of an Ozarks Aviator” at 1:40 p.m. in the Royal Oak Forum of The Keeter Center.

Colonel John Hathcock, U.S. Army (Ret.), president of MOZARK Chapter (MOAA), will present the award to Porter.

Porter is the twentieth recipient of the True American Hero Award. He is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who served during the Vietnam War. Porter is known for organizing Chapter 913, Vietnam Veterans of America, where he serves as charter president. Porter also provided inspiration and assisted with the dedication of the official Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial located at College of the Ozarks.

The True American Hero Award was established in 1997 by the MOZARK Chapter, Military Officers Association of America, Branson, Missouri. The purpose of this award is to recognize local individuals who have honorably served or are currently serving in any branch of the uniformed services. In addition, they must have contributed significant volunteer time and effort to the recognition of Branson and the community as the home of the American Veteran.

For more information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


11.03.17 – Valorie Coleman


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