Island legend Jon 'Bud' Hawk to be remembered at Veterans Day event

Jon “Bud” Hawk, a Medal of Honor recipient, educator, Bainbridge High School graduate and local legend, died Monday, Nov. 4.

He was 89.

One of the island’s most distinguished residents, Hawk enlisted in the Army after he graduated from BHS in 1943. He was wounded four times and received four purple hearts during his service in World War II.

He also received the Medal of Honor and France’s Legion of Honor awards.

Returning to Bremerton in 1945, Hawk was given a hero’s welcome and the celebration that marked his homecoming would become the annual Armed Forces Day Parade. Hawk himself acted as grand marshal of the event until 2009, when health problems forced him to become less directly involved.

Following his return, he went back to school and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Washington. Hawk became a teacher, and eventually a principal, in the Central Kitsap School District. He served for 31 years before finally retiring in 1983.

Among Hawk’s many accolades, bearing his name are the Rolling Bay Post Office and an education center located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Also, it was announced by the U.S. Postal Service Monday that Hawk’s photo would appear its new Medal of Honor stamps.

A memorial service will be held as part of the largest Veterans Day event in the state of Washington at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in the Kitsap Sun Pavilion at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

The program will also feature a parade of colors, remarks by Congressman Derek Kilmer, a performance by the Bremerton High marching band and military-related displays, including vintage uniforms and vehicles.

The event is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no admission fee.


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