50 years ago this week, The Baxter Springs Citizen (predecessor to CCNA) featured another local hero, honored with a Bronze Star. Specialist 4 Ronald W. Radford of Route 1, Quapaw, Oklahoma, was awarded the Bronze Star medal with "V" device for heroism in Vietnam on June, 1967. Mrs. Radford did not learn about her husband's gallant action until she met him in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was sent on an R-and-R tour. Mrs. Radford was able to spend six days in paradise with her war hero husband before returning home and sharing his story with the community through the local paper. Specialist Radford was a 1964 graduate of Quapaw High School, and was attending school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he enrolled in the Army. Radford was a private, first class, at the time of the citation of his heroic action that led to medal. It stated: "For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force. Private First Class Radford distinguished himself in action June 28, 1967, while serving as a rifleman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, during a search and destroy operation near Dak To, Republic of Vietnam. On this date a platoon of the company was ambushed by a North Vietnamese Army force and sustained numerous causalities. When a medical aidman from another platoon volunteered to go to the aid of the wounded men, Private First Class Radford immediately volunteered to go along, acting as his security. Despite the heavy volume of sniper fire, Private First Class Radford advanced toward the seriously wounded men. He exposed himself repeatedly to the heavy fire to provide effective supressive fire on the enemy positions, and enable the aidman accompanying him to reach his destination. Upon their arrival in the besieged platoon's area. Private First Class Radford moved constantly under enemy fire to provide covering fire for the aidman who saved the lives of the seven wounded soldiers. His courageous action is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.