In what couldn’t have been a more fitting departure, Shelbyville war hero Col. (R) Ben Pollard passed away last week on Veterans Day.
Pollard, a POW of the Vietnam War, devoted his life to serving his country and earned a Silver Star for “his gallantry and devotion to duty.”
Brig. Gen. (R) Ronald R. Van Stockum, Sr. described Pollard as “an especially splendid aviator, engineer and gentleman.”
Born on February 27, 1932, in Shelbyville, Pollard attended Shelbyville High School where he played football and basketball.