January 18, 2021

Langley to receive DAR state honor as Outstanding Veterans Volunteer

(Franklin, GA) — The James Stewart Chapter is pleased to announce that Durell Langley has been selected to receive the Outstanding Veterans Volunteer Award from the Georgia State Society, NSDAR.

One of the most prestigious awards given by the DAR, this award is only awarded once each year to a veteran in recognition of outstanding achievement in personal, professional, and family life.

Durell Langley (Photo courtesy of Janet Langley)

The recipient must demonstrate significant contributions in leadership, patriotism, and increased public awareness of veterans.

Chapter members met in September to start the nomination process.

After a unanimous vote, Durell was contacted and began working with chapter members to complete the lengthy application process.

Upon reviewing his service record, his community outreach, numerous newspaper articles, and letters of recommendation from community leaders, there was no doubt that Durell possessed all the qualities for this award.

His military service during the Vietnam War is impressive.

His medals, citations, and awards include Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Badge with Rifle, Grenade and Mortar Bars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm device, and the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal Unit Citation, First Class.

Durell is also a huge asset to our local community. He has been a member of the American Legion Post #148 for 41 years, is an active member of Glenlock Baptist Church, and a member of the Heard Rangers, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Additionally, Durell holds a membership in The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In 2017, Durell envisioned and implemented the county-wide veterans program, “Veterans Helping Veterans.”

Coordinating with members from the post, the program has been responsible for support to any veteran in the county. He has worked with the City of Centralhatchee for the previous three years to coordinate their city-wide Veterans Day program. He has spoken and worked with our county’s youth on topics that range from history and service to proper flag etiquette.

Durell can be seen doing repairs, building decks, taking off trash, delivering food, housing a veteran with PTSD, driving veterans to their doctor’s appointment or providing all types of support most any day of the week.

The chapter would like to thank Mayor Barbie Crockett of Centralhatchee and County Commission Chairman, Lee Boone, for writing glowing letters of recommendation for Durell’s award.

Lee Boone wrote, “I have known Durell for many years and witnessed him go above and beyond to dedicate his time, effort and resources to help veterans in need of assistance. His story is one that should be nationally recognized as an example of courage and self-sacrifice for others to follow.”


The Annual Georgia State Society Conference set for March 26 – 29 has been canceled. The presentation of Durell’s award will be announced at the earliest possible convenience.

We were notified last week that not only did Durell receive the Georgia award, he also was awarded Outstanding Veteran Volunteer for the Southeastern Division of our organization.

The finalists from the eight divisions around the country will soon be reviewed to determine a national winner.

Our chapter can think of no one to better represent the veterans in Heard County and in our country than Durell Langley.

We wish him only the best of luck as the final national selection is made. Our chapter is so proud to sponsor him for this award and we feel confident that he will be making the trip to our National headquarters in Washington, D.C. in the near future.


  1. Congratulations Durell

  2. Judy Miller says

    There is no more deserving a person than Durell! We are so proud!

  3. Arlene Whisenhunt says


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