Last Thursday afternoon, Izzy's Restaurant hosted a unique first-time gathering as United States Senator John Boozman visited with Delbert DuCharme, Sr., a retired military hero now living in Prescott. DuCharme's step-daughter, Connie Cox, of Camden, was present for the meeting, which she called “impressive” and “extraordinary.”
Last Thursday afternoon, Izzy’s Restaurant hosted a unique first-time gathering as United States Senator John Boozman visited with Delbert DuCharme, Sr., a retired military hero now living in Prescott. DuCharme’s step-daughter, Connie Cox, of Camden, was present for the meeting, which she called “impressive” and “extraordinary.”
“I was very impressed with Senator Boozman; he was very personable and likable, and he seemed genuinely interested in Delbert and his service. It wasn’t like one of those five minute photo opportunities; they met and talked for a good hour,” Cox said in a later interview.
“I had never met him before,” she said, “He seems like a good man. It was an honor to meet him. Delbert was thrilled for the opportunity.”
Cox said the visit with Boozman has capped an exciting past year in DuCharme’s life. In April 2016, he received the Prescott Chamber of Commerce’s Hometown Hero award.
“He got that great honor last year, and then, he meets with a United States Senator. He was very excited,” she said.
In a follow-up interview on Friday, Boozman said, “It was an honor to visit with Mr. DuCharme. He is an inspiration and represents what we are all talking about when we reference the Greatest Generation.”
DuCharme is a retired Navy Seal and served in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. He was born on a Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and volunteered for service in World War II. He later was a Navy Demolition Diver and Navy Seal.
From 1954-1974, DuCharme had served extensively in Southeast Asia, and along the way met several consequential historical figures like General William Westmoreland and Prince Constantine II of Greece.
“When my staff visited him recently for the Veterans History Project, everyone was struck by his unique experiences. I really enjoyed the opportunity to see his pictures and learn more about his incredible career in the military,” Boozman said.
Along with Cox during the Senator’s visit with Ducharme visit was Prescott Mayor Terry Oliver as well as Hope-area radio personality Mark Keith. According to Cox, Boozman looked over several pictures from DuCharme's military career.