2020 Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Awards Ceremony 

Thursday, November 12 | 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm (CST)
To attend the virtual ceremony, please register here in advance.
Questions, please contact Bret Gothe at bret-gothe@uiowa.edu.

The Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award was established in 2015 to honor distinguished members of the armed forces who have demonstrated exceptional service to both the United States and their communities. Five veterans including one current University of Iowa student are selected annually for the award. 

Distinguished qualities

Recipients of the Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award have demonstrated these upstanding qualities. 

  • A strong University of Iowa connection
  • Honorable service to our country
  • Military accomplishment or contributions
  • Service to the community

2020 award recipients

  • Lt. Commander Kennith R. Culp (ret)
  • Captain Howard Kerr (ret)
  • General Don Kutyna (ret)
  • Colonel Sue Moorhead (ret)
  • Major General Jeffrey M. Musfeldt (ret)

Traditionally, a formal public event would be held at the Iowa Memorial Union. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will instead hold a virtual event on Thursday, November 12, 2020, from 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm.

If you have questions, please contact bret-gothe@uiowa.edu

2019 award recipients

  • Dr. Kathleen “Kitty” Buckwalter, U.S. Navy Nurse Corps
  • Larry Hershberger, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Harold “Hal” Jackson, U.S. Air Force
  • Dr. Julie A. Stanik-Hutt, U.S. Navy Nurse Corps
  • George L. Stout, U.S. Army
  • Dr. Maurice Wright Van Allen, U.S. Army Medical Corps

2018 award recipients

  • Evelyn Crary Bacon, U.S. Army Nurse Corps
  • Tiffany Baker-Strothkamp, U.S. Army
  • Fred Becker, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Scott Daly, U.S. Army
  • Geraldene Felton, U.S. Army Nurse Corps
  • Clarence Hamilton, U.S. Army
  • Warren Lawson, U.S. Army

2017 award recipients

  • Hospital Corpsman Willard "Sandy" L. Boyd, U.S. Navy
  • Specialist 4 David Drake, U.S. Army
  • Capt. Hayden Fry, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Ensign Nile Clarke Kinnick, Jr., U.S. Navy
  • Capt. Luther Smith, U.S. Army Air Corps
  • Capt.. Jeremy Williams, U.S. Army Reserves

2016 award recipients

  • Staff Sgt. Henry B. Tippie, U.S. Army Air Force
  • Lt. Commander Dr. James Van Allen, U.S. Navy
  • Staff Sgt. Robert Miller, U.S. Army
  • Cpl. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., U.S. Army
  • SFC Curtis K. Lane, U.S. Army

2015 award recipients

  • The late Col. (retired) Brooks Booker, U.S. Air Force
  • Gen. (retired) James Cartwright, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Staff Sgt. Mike Considine, U.S. Air National Guard
  • Maj. Gen. (retired) Kenneth Leuer, U.S. Army
  • Lt. (retired) Ernie Pascarella, U.S. Marine Corps

Award nomination process

If you believe someone you know, living or deceased, deserves to be nominated for this award, please fill out the following form. Nominees can be submitted through October 9. The five inductees will then be chosen by a committee consisting of veterans of the Iowa City community. Inductees or their families will be notified of their induction after October 13.

A virtual induction ceremony and program will occur on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 5:00pm. For information or questions about the ceremony, email bret-gothe@uiowa.edu

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