Sergeant Harvey Carl Stockton Recognized as Veteran of the Week
OKLAHOMA CITY – Sergeant Harvey Carl Stockton was recognized as Veteran of the Week before the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday by Rep. Eric Roberts, R-Edmond, and Rep. Dick Lowe, R-Amber.
"I am honored to recognize Sergeant Stockton for his service to our great nation," Roberts said. "Throughout his service, he exemplified bravery. I am grateful to thank him personally for his contribution and sacrifice to preserving the freedom and way of life we hold so dear."
Stockton was honored before the House of Representatives alongside his wife, Joyce, of 59 years. Their son Reggie and wife Julie attended, along with Stockton's four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Roberts issued a citation to Stockton on the House floor.
In 1961 Stockton joined the United States Army in Chickasha, Oklahoma. After training, he was stationed in Korea, received top military clearance, and became a motor messenger delivering classified information during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After his service in Korea, he reported to Ft. Sill in Lawton, transferred to the Army reserve, and finally to the Oklahoma National Guard.
Roberts' citation noted Stockton's courage and devotion throughout his service in the US Army, US Army Reserve, and Oklahoma National Guard, including Motor Messenger in Korea. He received an honorable discharge from the US Army and US Army Reserve after more than seven years of service.
Stockton has served as a Boy Scout leader and was awarded the Order of the Arrow by the Scouts. He has been an ordained minister for over 50 years and has volunteered in prison ministry. He was named Volunteer of the Year several times with the Department of Corrections at different facilities. Stockton is a member of the Disabled American Veterans chapter 17 and enjoys participating in their activities.