Bienville Parish Journal Honors Local Veterans

Someone once said about veterans, “We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.”  Truer words have rarely been spoken.

For this Veterans Day, the Bienville Parish Journal would like to spotlight just a few of our local veterans as thanks for their service.  To all of our local veterans, Thank You for your Service.   

If you or a family member has served or is serving in the any branch of the military and you want to be included in upcoming military appreciation spotlights, please contact the Journal at

Edward Lee Lindsey served in the United States Army from 1967-1970. At the time, the draft was going on and he enlisted so he could choose his MOS (Military Occupational Specialties). Mr. Lindsey served in the 4th infantry/7-17th Air Cavalry, 16th Air Cavalry-Dark Horse, 101st Airborne – 2nd-17th Air Cavalry -Camp Eagle. He did 3 tours of duty in Vietnam. His rank included CW 1 Helicopter Pilot and Sergeant First Class. He was awarded many medals. The ones that he cherishes most are his Bronze Star, Air Device with Valor, Air Medal with Cluster, Vietnam Service Cross and Purple Heart. 

Thank you, Mr. Lindsey, for your service.

Rodney Warren joined the Army in February of 1988 and got out in February of 1992.  During that time, he served as an Intelligence Analyst in the First Cav. division.  Mr. Warren received his combat patch in Iraq in late 1990/early 1991.  Rodney said, “I always felt blessed to grow up in our great country so after I graduated from La Tech I decided I wanted to serve my country. I still believe this is the greatest country on earth and I have been richly blessed to have been associated with the US Army, Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Department and, for the last 22 years, the Bienville Parish Police Jury. Life is good!”  

Thank you, Mr. Warren, for your service.

Henry Jackson, Jr. served in the United States Army from 1976 to 1979. He was a Specialist 4 and his job title was Infantryman-gunner and funeral detail. Henry joined the service for the opportunity to travel and see the world. Hawaii was his main point of interest.. 

Thank you, Mr. Jackson, for your service.

Ken Roberts served from 1993 until 1999 in the Louisiana National Guard Alpha Company 199th attached to 2nd armored division “Hell on Wheels.”  Ken was a 63 sieara, which means a heavy wheel mechanic. He reached the rank of E4 Specialist.”

Thank you, Mr. Roberts, for your service.

Martin Pullig served in the United States Marines from 2016 until 2020. He served in Afghanistan Helmand Province in October 2019 until May 2020. He was a rifleman 0311.  0311 is the United States Marine Corps Military Occupational Specialty code for Rifleman. Mr. Pullig said, “It was something that just pulled me, the brotherhood, and just helping people. I loved every day.”

Thank you, Mr. Pullig, for your service.

David Smelly served in the Marine Corps from 2000 – 2004. He was in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a 0481 landing support specialist. David said, “We did sling loads from cargo helicopters and loaded all cargo vessels and planes to facilitate the movements of the Marines. I enlisted because of my dad’s brother who was a Marine in Vietnam (and also to prove everyone wrong who said that I couldn’t do it.)” The picture shows where David slept for six months in Iraq.

Thank you, Mr. Smelly, for your service.

All military photos of Mr. Allen were destroyed in hurricane Katrina

Evan Allen served in the Army from 1988 until 1995.  He served in Operation Just Cause in Panama and Desert Storm / Desert Shield in Iraq.  Mr. Allen was a combat engineer and truck driver.  When I asked Mr. Allen why he joined the Army he said simply, “I wanted to serve my country.”

Thank you, Mr. Allen, for your service.

Matt Pinckard served in the Active Duty Air Force from 2001-2005.  He then served as an Air Force Reservist from 2005-2014.  During his active duty, Mr. Pinckard served with the 55th MXS (special weapons flight) and the 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron, all permanently assigned to Offutt Air Force Base Nebraska and deployed worldwide. The units were always somewhere global so much so that the slogan was the sun never sets on the fighting 55th. In the Air Reserves, Mr. Pinckard served with the 917th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base. All of his periods of service were during the time of the Global War on Terror.  I asked Mr. Pinckard why he joined the military to which he responded, “After finishing undergrad school at NSU where I majored in History I went into education. I Decided it wasn’t for me at the time so I enlisted in the Air Force.  This was prior to Sept. 11, 2001.  As far as what we did it was, simply put, classified.”  Mr. Pinckard served with the 1st ACCs in Presidential Support to the National Command Authority, earned an Associates Degree in Avionics and a Masters of Aeronautical Science.  

Thank you, Mr. Pinckard, for your service.

Mr. Jones is having this photo professionally restored.

Marketris Jones served in the Army’s 13 Bravo Field Artillery from January 28, 1998 until 2003.  Mr. Jones told me that he “wanted to serve my country, see the world and leave my environment.”

Thank you, Mr. Jones, for your service.

Bennie Lee Martin served in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1990. He enlisted because of the lack of job opportunities available to him at the time and he did not want to work in the pulpwood industry. His brother and cousin, who had previously served in the Air Force, influenced him to join. Bennie’s military occupation was an Air Force Aircraft Maintenance Specialist and he retired with the rank of Master Sergeant.

Thank you, Mr. Martin, for your service.

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