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Medal of Honor recipient remembered

Saturday, Arkansas' last living Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, retired Army First Sergeant Nick Bacon, was laid to rest at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, a cemetery he helped create.

Saturday, Arkansas' last living Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, retired Army First Sergeant Nick Bacon, was laid to rest at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, a cemetery he helped create.

Bacon died a week ago from cancer.  The 64-year-old received the nation's highest military honor for his service in Vietnam.

Hundreds turned out in Saturday's heat to honor Arkansas' last living Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Nick Bacon.

Bacon's son followed in his father's footsteps and joined the military.

"It's obvious that I can't fill his shoes. No one can. I try to. I try to use him as that mentor that he was, and I try to elevate myself to his standards," says James Bacon.

Bacon is a drill sergeant and had his phone off when his father passed.

"As soon as I got the opportunity to check my phone, I saw the text message from my brother saying, 'hey you need to call mom now,' and at that time, I already knew," he says.

So why was Nick Bacon so passionate about taking care of veterans?

"Because nobody took care of him. Nobody took care of his old friends. When they got back from Vietnam, the Vietnam vets that we had, they were treated horribly when they got off those planes home. They didn't get the recognition they deserved. They went overseas and lived inhumanely, and when they returned home, they just didn't get that respect and courtesy like the veterans do today," says his son.

Bacon made it his personal mission to serve, making his mark as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs under Governors Jim Guy Tucker and Mike Huckabee.

"I love the man, and he was truly one of the most patriotic and remarkable human beings I ever new," said Huckabee.

"Nick was a patriot. He was an American. He was just a classy guy," says fellow Medal of Honor recipient Leo Thorsness.

If you ask James Bacon to pick the best memory he has of his father, he can't.

"Probably just having the family together. Having the family together, you know, whether we're vacationing in Phoenix or having the holidays at home, but all the family coming together and sitting around a bonfire, singing song and roasting marshmallows," he says.

There are now 88 remaining Medal of Honor recipients.

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