Veteran Robert Hubbell, 86, served in the Korean War and spent 38 years in the service. Hubbell sponsored the breakfast held at the Ada High School. on Veteran’s Day in honor of those who served their country. (Ada Herald/Darla Crownhart)
Veteran Robert Hubbell, 86, served in the Korean War and spent 38 years in the service. Hubbell sponsored the breakfast held at the Ada High School. on Veteran’s Day in honor of those who served their country. (Ada Herald/Darla Crownhart)

ADA — The Ada Schools were closed on Veteran’s Day but served breakfast to 41 veterans and their families Wednesday morning.

Veteran Robert Hubbell, 86, has sponsored the event for several years. He said, “The service has been pretty good to me and I thought I’d give a little back.”

Hubbell was in the service for 38 years. He had been an infantryman with in Korea. He recalled “back in the day” when local youngsters started their military careers in the National Guard, including a youngster by the name of Carlos, whom he did not see at the breakfast this year.


Gene Smith, 91, may be the last man standing from the 61st Engineer Combat Battalion which landed in Normandy two days after D-day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  Smith said his army battalion received five combat stars as they fought in the five pivotal battles during WW2.  

Long time resident and veteran Ralph Neiswander, nicknamed “Cheed”, aged 92, spoke of his time in the South Pacific during WW2 on a PT boat after receiving midshipman training at Columbia University in New York in 1943.

Eric Hardesty, a Marine veteran, was proud to serve in Iraq and Kuwait for almost five years. When asked if he had any family present he stated, “All marines are my family.”

Air Force veteran, Kent Everhart, who served in Desert Storm and Operation Just Cause in Panama, shared a table with others who had served in Vietnam and Korea.

After the breakfast, the veterans were honored with a commemorative video compilation linking present families to their loved ones lost over the many years of military conflicts.

The event was coordinated by chemistry teacher, David Lusk with numerous staff and student volunteers helping out. Lusk said finding volunteers to help with the event, which has been held at the school for at least the past 16 years, was very easy.  He sent out emails asking for volunteers and found nine members of the Ada High School Football team readily willing and able to honor local vets by helping to serve breakfast that morning.