October 24, 2007

In 1941, Lonoke County native Maurice “Footsie” Britt was drafted into the U.S. Army and assigned to the Third Infantry Division. He was engaged in extensive combat in the African, Sicilian, and Italian campaigns. For his heroic gallantry at Mignano, Italy, in 1943, he was awarded the nation’s highest military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Britt was presented the medal, shown in this photo, at the University of Arkansas (UA) in Fayetteville (Washington County) commencement ceremony in 1944. In later life, Britt became a prominent businessman and was elected lieutenant governor in 1966 and reelected in 1968.

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