1976, National Association of Broadcasters

President (and World War II bomber pilot) Vincent Wasilewski accepted the award on behalf of the group, for its production and widespread airing of the patriotic album “Sing Out America” during the Bicentennial period.
For more information about the NAB, click here (http://www.nab.org/about/default.asp).

1975, Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson

Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, former first lady of the United States, was presented with the award for her efforts toward the cleanup and beautification of American highways during her time in the White House. The Legion also presented Johnson with a $500 check to help develop a Bicentennial project – a memorial grove along the Potomac River for LBJ, who had died in 1973.
For more information on Johnson, click here (http://ladybirdjohnsontribute.org/biography.htm).

1974, Jack Anderson

The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and World War II veteran had a long and storied career of digging up government secrets, and is considered one of the founding fathers of modern investigative journalism.
For more information on Anderson, click here (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/17/AR200512...).

1973, James J. Rowley

The director of the U.S. Secret Service was honored for 35 years of service to the organization, including serving in the top spot since 1961. He oversaw the modernization and standardization of the agency after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.
For more information on Rowley, click here (http://www.nytimes.com/1992/11/03/us/james-rowley-84-who-headed-secret-s...).

1972, Lowell Thomas

The true Renaissance man – reporter, author, lecturer, editor, explorer and radio/TV personality – was presented with the award, after which he gave a speech in which he recounted some of his experiences. He had done some of his globe-trotting reporting during World War I, during which he shot the footage that helped make T.E. Lawrence famous.
For more information on Thomas, click here (http://www.radiohof.org/news/lowellthomas.html).

1971, Brig. Gen. Daniel James Jr.

The deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, and the highest-ranked active black Air Force officer, was honored for his belief in an American unity that transcends groups and philosophies, and his own life’s example of making it happen. James used part of his speech to thank the Legion for its work toward securing the release of Southeast Asia POWs, some of whom were personal friends of his.
For more information on James, click here (http://www.answers.com/topic/daniel-james-jr-1).

1970, "Red" Skelton

The comedian and World War II veteran was honored for his work in fostering understanding of the Pledge of Allegiance, especially the added “under God” portion. He had suddenly taken ill and could not receive his award in person. Humorist Herb Shriner accepted the award on Skelton’s behalf.
For more information on Skelton, click here (http://www.redskelton.com/BIOGRAPHY.htm).

1969, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

The star of ABC’s “The F.B.I.,” and narrator of “An American Legend,” a documentary about the highlights of the Legion’s first 50 years, was presented with the award. A Legionnaire, Zimbalist was wounded in action in Europe during World War II.
For more information on Zimbalist, click here (http://efremzimbalist.tv-website.com/).

1968, Jack Valenti

The president of the Motion Picture Association of America, and a former White House special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson, was honored for both his service to the influential motion-picture industry and his public-affairs career. Valenti, a World War II pilot and Legionnaire, took the opportunity to defend Johnson against criticism of the Vietnam War.
For more information on Valenti, click here (http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/jjvalenti.htm).

1967, American Newspaper Publishers Association

The group was honored for its continuing efforts, along with those of its member publications, to maintain freedom of the press, and freedom of information for all Americans. General Manager Stanford Smith accepted the award.
For more information about the current incarnation of the ANPA, click here (http://www.naa.org/AboutNAA.aspx).

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