James Preston is latest Hometown Hero

HOMETOWN HERO–A banner honoring local veteran James “Jim” Preston is currently on display by the Red Bud VFW Post. Pictured with the banner are: James and Marilyn Preston, and John and Norma Preston.

James “Jim” Preston is currently being featured as a Hometown Hero by the Red Bud VFW Post 6632.

Preston was drafted into the Army in April 1969. He was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, “at which time I was taught discipline and military courtesy.”

Following his training there, Preston received orders to go to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, “where I had a security clearance and saw many launches.”

For more on Preston, please see this week’s print edition.