JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The Army has named an education center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord after a World War II Medal of Honor recipient who became a teacher and school principal.
The 87-year-old former sergeant who now lives in Bremerton is expected to attend Friday’s ceremony dedicating the John “Bud” Hawk Education Center. It has nine classrooms and an auditorium where soldiers can take civilian college classes.
President Harry Truman traveled to Olympia to present the nation’s highest military honor to Hawk for heroic actions in combat on Aug. 20, 1944, against German forces in France. He continued to fight after suffering a leg wound.
After the war Hawk graduated from the University of Washington and taught and served as a principal in the Central Kitsap School District.