Kemp Honors Col. Ralph Puckett with Flag Tribute and Celebration

To commemorate Medal of commemorate recipient Col. Ralph Puckett, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ordered flags at the state Capitol in Atlanta and in Muscogee County to fly at half-staff on Saturday, April 13. On April 8, 97-year-old Col. Puckett died, leaving a legacy of bravery, leadership, and selflessness.

The highest US military honor, the Medal of Honor, was presented to Col. Puckett for his bravery and sacrifice in the Korean War. He was the last living recipient of this high distinction for Korean War deeds, marking the end of an era and reminding us of the sacrifices made by countless troops and women for freedom and democracy.

Colonel Puckett’s exceptional services to his nation and community are honored by Governor Kemp’s decision to lower the flags at the state Capitol and in Muscogee County. It honors his devotion and steadfast dedication to honor, courage, and honesty.

Governor Kemp in a social media post called Col. Puckett a great American hero whose bravery and selflessness embodied the best of the US military. Late Thursday, the governor tweeted on X, previously Twitter, to emphasize Col. Puckett’s major contribution on the nation and its people.

Col. Puckett’s wife Jeannie thanked the governor for his recognition. They appreciated the community’s support and highlighted Col. Puckett’s influence on future generations.

Georgia’s flag tribute to Col. Ralph Puckett is being followed by a Saturday 11 a.m. commemoration at the National Infantry Museum parade field. This memorial event will allow family, friends, veterans, and the public to celebrate a real American hero.

On April 29, the U.S. Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C. will recognize Col. Puckett’s legacy. Our country honors Col. Puckett’s tremendous service and sacrifice with this mournful tribute.

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In somber respect, the flags will fly at half-staff and the nation will commemorate Col. Ralph Puckett in the U.S. Capitol. His legacy will inspire and encourage everyone who hear his tale. His bravery, selflessness, and optimism will inspire future generations.

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