The Patriotic Council has chosen Don “Doc” Hale as the honorary parade marshal for the 2014 Memorial Day observance.
Don was a Boys State Citizen in 1939, which is a training program in citizenship and democracy offered by the American Legion. He was elected as a district judge while he was there. He graduated from Maxwell High School in 1942.
Don entered the service in January 1943 at Camp Dodge. He was pre-assigned to ASTP, an engineering college program for post-war service. Don was later transferred to training with the Signal Corps for radio operation. In 1944, he was transferred to the Armored Infantry and became a battalion HQ radio operator in a canvas-covered half-track vehicle. He was stationed in Germany, and found this duty to be an exciting and challenging experience. Don was awarded the combat infantry badge and a bronze battle star at the time of the Battle of the Bulge.
Don returned home and entered the University of Iowa to study dentistry. He graduated in 1951, and moved to Nevada with his wife, Henrietta, to open his dental office. Don and Henrietta have a daughter, Nancy, and two sons, Tom and Bill. They have eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Don has remained active in his community. He is a member of the Central Presbyterian Church, The American Legion and Rotary. He is an avid volunteer at the Maxwell Historical Museum, and active in many Nevada community activities.