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Local hero to be honored

Sunday, March 17, 2002

SIKESTON - A special ceremony to present the Distinguished Service Cross to the family of the late Staff Sergeant Winford Alvin "Wink" Evans is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 30 at the Imogene Ruth Albritton Mayer Center for the Arts, 506 South Kingshighway.

The DSC is our nation's second highest award for valor, surpassed only by the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Evans was a Sikeston native who earned the belated honor during his service in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Although Evan's heroic actions were documented and submitted for recognition after the war, the DSC was not awarded before his death Sept. 21, 1991.

Speaking at the presentation will be Desert Shield-Desert Storm veteran Lt. General James C. Riley, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth; and Lt. Col. James Tim Cole, named for Evan's friend who was killed in combat during their tour together in the Philippines.