Cancer couldn't stop Oakley Nimmo from becoming a colonel at age 5

Julia LeDoux
June 26, 2019 - 11:37 am
Oakley Nimmo

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At just 5 years old, Oakley “River” Nimmo knew what his life’s calling was.

It was to be an “Army man” and serve the nation as a soldier.

Nimmo got his wish when he was posthumously promoted to the rank of honorary colonel in the Arkansas National Guard on Tuesday and assigned to Joint Force Headquarters, Camp Joseph T. Robinson. He died of a rare form of cancer June 13.

The certificate was signed by Maj. Gen. Mark H. Berry, adjutant general of Arkansas, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson, commander-in-chief of the Arkansas National Guard.

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"On behalf of the veterans here in Arkansas and the veterans of this country and in this community, we're honored to be here for him. He's always going to be our army man, our little soldier, angel," David Cagle with the Arkansas Air National Guard told TVH11.

At the request of his family, dozens of service members attended Nimmo’s funeral in Camden, Arkansas on Tuesday.

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