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DAR Medal of Honor

Holly Gibson, Regent, El Presidio Chapter; Ken Robinson, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Ret.; and Rebecca Call, Chapter Chaplain

Holly Gibson, Regent, El Presidio Chapter; Ken Robinson, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Ret.; and Rebecca Call, Chapter Chaplain

As an honorably retired military veteran (serving over 34 years as enlisted and officer), Ken Robinson, LTC, U.S. Army (Ret.), has earned numerous medals and accolades for his service, including the Legion of Merit Medal as well as two Meritorious Service Medals, and he served in the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. Further, he has dedicated himself to giving back to military and veteran service organizations. In addition, Ken Robinson is the example of a great citizen because he also gives back to his community.

Rebecca Call, El Presidio Chapter Chair of the Americanism Committee, shared that Ken Robinson is a true patriot. His dedication and devotion, selfless demeanor, and many years of post-military career community service organizations and community civic groups, provide the credentials that make him a well-established and respected contributing member and supportive agent of any veteran and civic community service organizations he serves.

In recognition of outstanding service, leadership, and patriotism to his country, we are proud to present Ken Robinson, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army (Ret.), with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Medal of Honor on Nov. 11, 2021, by Chapter Regent, Holly Gibson of the El Presidio Chapter.

How Are the DAR Medals of Honor Awarded?

DAR presents two prestigious awards to American citizens for outstanding contributions to the nation. The DAR Medal of Honor is awarded to native-born American citizens, and the Americanism Medal is awarded to naturalized citizens. Each year, awards are given to honor those working with veterans.

How Many Members Are in Daughters of the American Revolution?

Founded back in 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution has chapters all across the 50 states of the U.S. There are also various chapters in other countries including Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom, among many others. The organization has now more than 800,000 members all across the globe with varying nationalities.

Two Medal of Honor recipients are chosen by the DAR organization each year. The DAR Medal of Honor is the most prestigious award given by the DAR. The recipient must have made unusual and lasting contributions to our American Heritage by truly giving of themselves to their community, state, country, and fellowman.

Who Are the Recipients of the Medal of Honor?

Among the recipients were Webb Hayes, the son of former U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes, and two prominent Marine Corps officers, Hiram I. Bearss and David Dixon Porter. Other recipients include: Barbara Bush, Tom Brokaw, NASA Flight Director Eugene Kranz, General B.B. Bell, USA Ret. (2014) Vietnam Veteran Donna Roew (2017), Judge John Clifford Wallace (2017), Donald Wayne Pettigrew (2018), Col Leon F. ‘Lee’ Ellis, USAF Ret. (2018), Trace Adkins (2019), Shari L. Duval (2019), artist Mary Whyte (2020), Major General James E. Livingston (2020), Master Sergeant Christine Falkowski, USA Ret. (2021), and Ken Robinson, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Ret.