Rear Admiral Samuel G. Fuqua dedication ceremony set to take place in Laddonia

Story by Matt Pilger, editor
Posted 11/19/22

The public is invited to the Community R6 High School in Laddonia, Mo for a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. honoring Medal of Honor recipient Rear Admiral Samuel …

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Rear Admiral Samuel G. Fuqua dedication ceremony set to take place in Laddonia

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The public is invited to the Community R6 High School in Laddonia, Mo for a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. honoring Medal of Honor recipient Rear Admiral Samuel G. Fuqua. It will take place in the new gym on the east side of school. Cadets from the Missouri Military Academy will be on hand to help with parking and will also provide transportation for the dignitaries from Mexico to Laddonia.

Tony Robertson, historian from Mexico, MO will be the MC of the event honoring the Laddonia native Samuel Glen Fuqua.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has made two signs with Fuqua's name that will be displayed when entering and leaving Laddonia. Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe's office has spear-headed this program to honor Missouri's over 90 Medal of Honor recipients. The program was interrupted in 2019 due to COVID. This year the project was resurrected and Laddonia and Rear Admiral Samuel G. Fuqua were the first to be selected to be honored with a sign.

The University of Missouri Naval Reserve Officer's Training Corp. will present the colors. Miss North Kansas City Bri Dinwiddie will sing the National Anthem. Dignitaries attending will be Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, Missouri House Representative Kent Haden, Ray Bozarth, representative for Senator Josh Hawley, Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Alan Winders, Audrain County Associate Commissioner Leslie Meyer, and Audrain County Associate Commissioner Tracy R. Graham, Audrain County Recorder of Deed Janis Deimeke, Audrain County Collector-Elect Amy LeCount, Cole County Presiding Commissioner Sam Bushman, Laddonia Mayor Gary Garnett, and several other Statewide Public Officials. And a speech by Navy Admiral Phllip Sobeck from TRANSCOM at Scott Air Force Base. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend.

Samuel Glenn Fuqua was born in Laddonia, on October 15, 1899. He attended public schools in Laddonia and had one year at the University of Missouri, then served with the U.S. Army and U.S. Naval Academy. He was recognized for distinguished conduct in action, outstanding heroism and utter disregard of his own safety, above and beyond the call of duty during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, T.H., by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941... he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

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