Kendrick receives Legion of Merit

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

OKLAHOMA CITY - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Danny L. Kendrick of Pawhuska recently was presented with the Legion of Merit by Col. Jon M. Harrison, Chief of Joint Staff for the Oklahoma National Guard, during a Feb. 11, retirement ceremony.

The Legion of Merit is one of the U.S. military’s most prestigious awards, ranking just below the Silver Star, and was presented to Kendrick for his more than 34 years of service in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, where he held numerous positions with a heavy focus on property management.

Kendrick enlisted into the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1977 as an infantryman with Headquarters Company, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Edmond, Oklahoma. In 1983, he took a break in service until returning to the Oklahoma National Guard in 1987, where he held several supply sergeant positions with the 45th IBCT. In 2003, Kendrick accepted his commission as a Warrant Officer and attended Warrant Officer Candidate School, where he branched Quartermaster.

Kendrick supported numerous State Active Duty Missions and also deployed both in 2004 and 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in 2011 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“It’s been a long road, but man, I’ve had so many great memories,” said Kendrick. “It’s like a family, because we are a family here.”

– Oklahoma Army National Guard