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Bullock gets highest award in district legion

Most anyone in Gothenburg, who is acquainted with Bob Bullock, has most likely noticed his involvement in American Legion activities.

Fellow American Legion Post #64 service officer Jack Ostergard calls his friend “Mr. American Legion.”

The Legion is the nation’s largest veterans service organization.

Bullock, adjutant and past commander of Post #64, recently received the highest award a District #5 American Legion member can get—the Horse Collar Award.

Although health issues prevented him from attending the convention, local members who did said Bullock received a standing ovation.

Ostergard described the award as one given to members who have been workhorses for the American Legion.

“He sure earned it,” Ostergard said.

Bullock, a Korean War veteran, said he feels proud to have received the award.

Through the years, he’s been involved in Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day services, decorating the graves of veterans, in a discontinued practice of giving teachers apples for the work they do in teaching children, in the city fireworks celebration on the Fourth of July, in the Legion baseball program and more.

“I took tickets forever,” Bullock said about his involvement with the local baseball program.

Bullock is also an Eagle scout and received the Cody Kerr Award in 2008. The award is the highest a Legion member can earn at the state level.

A committee of American Legion members, who have received the Horse Collar Award, select recipients from nominations.

Recipients names are engraved on a plaque that fits into a collar worn by work horses.

Winners keep the horse collar for a year and get to keep a pin, noting the honor, to wear on their American Legion cap.

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