Columbus military veteran honored for decades of service

Columbus military veteran honored for decades of service

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - A decorated military leader was recognized for his years of service Monday afternoon at the National Infantry Museum.

Retired Colonel Ralph Puckett received an entire wall dedicated to his military career in the Ranger Hall of Honor.

Lieutenant General Carmen Cavezza and General Jay Hendrix praised his accomplishments at the ceremony.

"He feared no man, no situation, no enemy... he was the ultimate infantry leader," Gen. Hendrix said.

Local businessman Jack Pezold also spoke about the 89-year-old veteran's lasting impact as a military leader.

Before the unveiling, attendants watched a brief film chronicling his life and achievements.

Col. Puckett spoke to us about what this day means to him.

"It's a culmination of my career, but it shows me one more time how much I am depended on and how much my soldiers have meant to me," he said. "They've carried me on their shoulders, they did the work, and how much I've depended on my wife and family for supporting me along the way. Without her, I wouldn't have made it. She is the wind beneath my wings."

Col. Puckett is the recipient of many awards, including five Purple Hearts, two Distinguished Service Crosses, two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, and three Legions of Merit.

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