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An American hero

Retired United States Marine Corps Col. Jay R. Vargas is a true American hero. He was awarded a Medal of Honor and nine other medals, including the Silver Star and the Purple Heart, for his bravery in Vietnam.

He is one of four brothers who served in the United States Armed Forces in wartime.

Prior to his nearly 30 years of service, Vargas was a standout athlete at Northern Arizona University and at Winslow High School. He is a member of the NAU Sports Hall of Fame and the Winslow Bulldogs play their home baseball games on Jay Vargas Field.

– Scott Hanson, HMA Public Relations

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