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: Tom Payne


Oklahoma Heroes: Tom Payne Tom Payne served as a helicopter pilot with the 118th Thunderbirds during the Vietnam war. He flew a variety of missions ranging from combat assaults to supply drops and medical evacuations. Upon returning home Tom became [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Tom Payne2018-04-18T16:21:42-05:00

Oklahoma Heroes: Stacy Hester


Oklahoma Heroes: Stacy Hester Stacy Hester is a United States Marine Corps Veteran who served in Military Intelligence. He now serves his fellow veterans through several organizations including Justice for Vets which is an organization that supports veterans treatment courts nationwide.Oklahoma Heroes [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Stacy Hester2018-01-04T08:57:44-05:00

Oklahoma Heroes: Steve Lehto


Oklahoma Heroes: Steve Lehto Steve Lehto served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era on the George C. Marshall, a nuclear submarine. The mission of the submarine was primarily defensive, although had a nuclear war broken out, the submarine [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Steve Lehto2017-10-05T13:41:26-05:00

Oklahoma Heroes: Peter Luitwieler


Oklahoma Heroes: Peter Luitwieler Peter Luitwieler served in Military Intelligence in the Vietnam war. His biggest challenge during his deployment came during the Tet Offensive in January of 1968. His compound was surrounded by north Vietnamese troops and the two [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Peter Luitwieler2017-09-05T08:21:17-05:00

Oklahoma Heroes: Don Summers


Oklahoma Heroes: Don Summers Don Summers served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bairoko during the Korean War. He was also on board the ship during the Operation Castle hydrogen bomb testing at Bikini Atoll in 1954 and experienced fallout from [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Don Summers2017-08-01T13:34:44-05:00

Oklahoma Heroes: Ingrid Huffman


Oklahoma Heroes: Ingrid Huffman Ingrid Huffman served in both the Navy and Army Nurse Corps. She served most recently as a head Emergency Room nurse in Iraq shortly after the 2003 invasion. After transitioning out of the military Ingrid found [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Ingrid Huffman2017-07-07T08:37:01-05:00

Oklahoma Heroes: Erwin King


Oklahoma Heroes: Erwin King Erwin King, a silver star recipient, served with the 103rd Infantry in World War II. He traveled over 500 miles on foot through France, Germany and Austria. He survived multiple close calls and combat injuries as well as [...]

Oklahoma Heroes: Erwin King2017-05-31T13:53:03-05:00

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: Johnny Messimore2017-05-01T08:33:02-05:00

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: Will Williams2017-04-03T14:14:12-05:00

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: Joe Taylor2017-03-02T15:41:53-05:00