Vietnam veteran Capt. Robert W. Poolaw, of Norman, receives honor

The Oklahoma City Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution honored a Vietnam veteran and Kiowa tribal member Capt. Robert W. Poolaw on Veteran's Day.
BY BILL MELTON Published: November 24, 2012
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The Oklahoma City Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution celebrated Veterans Day by decorating Vietnam veteran retired Capt. Robert W. Poolaw, U.S. Marine Corps.

Chapter President Martin Reynolds awarded Poolaw the SAR Wounded Warrior Project coin/medallion and the War Service Medal with Vietnam Bar and Purple Heart Pin.

Poolaw, a member of the Kiowa Tribe and resident of Norman, served two tours in Vietnam as an infantry officer. In April 1967 he was struck in the head and shoulders by fragments from a rocket-propelled grenade. He was wounded by AK-47 fire in May 1969.

For his service in Vietnam, he was awarded the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal and two Purple Hearts.

William R. “Bill” Melton is a spokesman for the Oklahoma City chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.