On Oklahoma Heroes we profile Oklahoma veterans and learn about their story, their challenges and how they are giving back to their community today. Featuring veterans from World War II up to the current conflicts, Oklahoma Heroes, brings you stories of the sacrifices made and the challenges these veterans have overcome.

Oklahoma Heroes: Johnny Messimore


Oklahoma Heroes: Johnny Messimore Johnny Messimore is a Vietnam veteran and a Cherokee Nation citizen who served with the 25th Infantry Division. He was part of a mechanized unit that operated out of tracked vehicles in the far reaches of [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Will Williams


Oklahoma Heroes: Horace "Will" Williams Horace “Will” Williams served 20 years in the United States Army. He served in Vietnam and went on to supervise 200 recruiters in the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.  Upon retiring from the Army, Will [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Joe Taylor


Oklahoma Heroes: Joe Taylor Joe Taylor, a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, served with the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. His first destination was the battle of Khe Sanh where he and his 6,000 fellow marines defended the [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Darrell Moore


Oklahoma Heroes: Darrell Moore Darrell Moore has dedicated his life to serving his country and his community. After graduating from Pryor High School in 1972, Darrell attended the University of Oklahoma and obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics, a Master’s degree in business [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Rusty Dunagan


Oklahoma Heroes: Rusty Dunagan Rusty Dunagan served in the U.S. Army Infantry in both Iraq and Afghanistan. During his Afghanistan deployment, one of his fellow soldiers stepped on a landmine which detonated a secondary explosive device near Rusty. The blast [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Jeremy Nikel


Oklahoma Heroes: Jeremy Nikel Jeremy Nikel served in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter pilot. He flew search and rescue missions in the Kosovo conflict, and helped coordinate with other NATO forces.  After his military career, Jeremy became a therapist [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: John Sloan


Oklahoma Heroes: John Sloan This month’s Oklahoma Heroes segment features John Sloan. John is a Vietnam Veteran and four time Purple Heart recipient. He is currently an active member of the Muscogee Creek Nation and chairman of the Eufaula Indian Community. Oklahoma [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Garrison Haning


Oklahoma Heroes: Garrison Haning Garrison Haning is an Army veteran, West Point graduate and co-founder of Things We Read, an organization that promotes the importance of reading to those serving our country.

Oklahoma Heroes: Ronny Sweger


Oklahoma Heroes: Ronny Sweger Ronny Sweger served with the Special Forces in multiple deployments to both Afghanistan and Iraq. After being medically retired in 2009, due to multiple injuries, he co-founded the Foundation for Exceptional Warriors which provides therapeutic recreation for Special [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Bill Clark


Oklahoma Heroes: Bill Clark Bill Clark he served on a destroyer escort in World War II from 1943-1945. Bill has been active in his community with the American Legion Honor Guard for nearly 30 years. Oklahoma Heroes is made possible by [...]