Royal Ambassadors began as an organization in 1908. Since then, over 2.5 million boys and their leaders have participated in RAs and learned how to help others in Jesus’ name. Throughout the years, countless lives have been changed as boys and their leaders have prayed for, given to and participated in missions projects.

The skills learned in Royal Ambassadors fueled many of TBM's early disaster relief efforts. The program teaches knot tying and other practical outdoor skills that help the first disaster relief volunteers deliver help, hope and healing in the wake of Hurriane Beulah in the Rio Grande Valley in 1967. 

The Legion of Honor Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on an individual in the area of Royal Ambassador and Challenger work. It is for men who have dedicated themselves the task of bringing boys and young men to God through Christ by fostering programs of mission education and mission action along with special emphasis upon personal involvement of the individual.

The Legion of Honor award began in 1973, and the complete list of winners is below. To Nominate an individual for the award, download a PDF to fill out and mail in. 

Please return any paper Nomination Forms to the TBM office or complete the online nomination form by Sept. 1 each year. Selection is made annually by the Royal Ambassadors and Challengers Committees for the individuals to receive the Legion of Honor Award. 


PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS

First Name Last Name Year Gone to Glory
Dr. Jimmy Allen 1973 👑
Cameron Byler 1973 👑
Bob Chapman 1973  
Bob Dixon 1973 👑
Russel Pogue 1973 👑
Dewey Baldwin 1974 👑
Douglas Beggs 1974  
Ivaloy Bishop 1974  
Charles Eliot 1974 👑
Damon Hollingsworth 1974

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Joe Lenamon 1974  
Ernie Liebig 1974 👑
John Overton 1974  
Bill Brewer 1975  
Marion "Cotton" Bridges 1975 👑
W. L. "Red" Colquit 1975  
Roy Motley 1975 👑
Bob Rowell 1975  
Leo Smith 1975 👑
Jerry Bob Taylor 1975 👑
Darrel Vanderford 1975 👑
Bill Arnold 1976  
George Arnold 1976 👑
Raymond Hollabaugn 1976 👑
Bill Ibos 1976  
Herb Weaver 1976 👑
Jim Witten 1976  
Larry Blanchard 1977  
E.M. "Bosie" Boswell 1977 👑
Dudley Bristow 1977  
Bill Brown 1977  
Rusty Griffin 1977  
Bill Ming 1977 👑
W. L. Baxter 1978  
Pierce McCartney 1978  
Jamie D. Smith 1978  
Charles Ayres 1979  
Lynn Majors 1979 👑
Odell Wade 1979  
Pete Born 1980 👑
George Brown 1980  
Leslie Brown 1980  
C. H. Ford Jr. 1980  
Glenn Hedgpeth 1980  
Dick Jenkins 1980  
Jerry Kersey 1980  
Bob Meaker 1980  
Olen Miles 1980 👑
Milton Schmidt 1980  
Robert W. Webb 1980  
Bob Fitzhugh 1981 👑
Chuck Stevenson 1981  
Dewayne Williams 1981  
B. R. Wilson 1981  
Karl Bozeman 1982  
Ray Bratcher 1982  
Jerry Cain 1982  
Don Kobe Jr. 1982  
Fred Roach 1982  
Monroe Shrimpton 1982  
Wes Brossard 1983  
Robert Estrada 1983  
John LaNoue 1983  
Eli Reyna 1983  
Jim Bruner 1984 👑
David Hindman 1984  
Dan Hogan 1984 👑
Jimmy Price 1984  
Larry Thompson 1984  
Dick Brown 1985  
W. J. Isbell 1985 👑
Butch McDaniel 1985 👑
Jerry Brentham 1986  
Truman Brooks 1986  
Joe Byrne 1986  
John McClanahan 1986  
Bill Gresso 1987  
E. Earl Jackson 1987  
James Lewis 1987  
Ben Rogers 1987  
Pete Tracy 1987  
Milton Windler 1987  
James Corliss 1988 👑
Friday Couch 1988  
John Gray 1988  
Grover Jones 1988  
Jose Leal 1988 👑
Mack Cook 1989  
D. C. Mangum 1989 👑
Phil Portillo 1989  
Alvis Bell 1990  
Larry White 1990  
Al Wise 1990  
Jesse Garcia 1991 👑
Keith Mack 1991  
Ron Steffen 1991 👑
Wayne Gerhardt 1992  
Delwin Marrow 1992 👑
Pot Mercer 1992 👑
Joe Mosely 1992  
Ralph Hoeting 1993  
Ray King 1993 👑
Ray Walker 1993 👑
Jack Calk 1994  
Alan Huesing 1994  
Jerry Smith 1994  
Kenneth King 1995 👑
Don Roman 1995  
James Sowell 1995 👑
Bill Bice 1996 👑
Steve Darilek 1996  
Warren Hart 1996  
Clarence Albertson 1997 👑
Charles Miller 1997  
Mike Adams 1998  
Bob Adams (Gruver, TX) 1998  
Sam Dunkin 1998  
Don Reel 1998  
Rooster Smith 1998  
David Trotter 1998  
Carl Ansley 1999  
Henry CardJr. 1999 👑
Frank W. Carnes 1999 👑
Doug Gallion 1999 👑
Henry Klingemann 1999  
Al C. Smith Jr 1999  
W. R. Chenault 2000 👑
Tony Hernandez 2000 👑
Mumbaji Johnson 2000  
Harold Douglas 2001  
George Garza 2001  
John Norris 2001  
Noel Rameriz 2001  
Carl Buckner 2002 👑
Butch Durham 2002  
Norman Ellis 2002 👑
Troy Martin 2002 👑
Elgin Taylor 2002  
Bill Black 2003  
Jim Gamble 2003  
Robert Goynes Jr. 2003 👑
Bob Mayfield 2003  
John Bullock 2004  
Frank Brown 2005  
Robert Hinojos 2005 👑
Marshall Hunt 2005  
Ron Zimmerman 2005  
Mark Becker 2006  
Rolan "Pop" Swank 2006 👑
Murrie Wainscott 2006  
Larry Robinson 2007 👑
Kevin Thompson 2007  
Dan Wilbanks 2007  
Charlie Jones 2008  
Don Bumpass 2009  
Raymond Cardenas 2009  
Perry Clark 2009 👑
Anderson Evans 2009  
Roland Harvey 2009  
Jim Mason 2009  
Danny Murphy 2009  
Jeff Palmer 2009 👑
John Clayton 2010  
Bryan Davis 2010  
David Sandlin 2010  
Thomas Renfro 2011 👑
Dwight Bridges 2012  
John Travis Smith 2012  
Mike Wade 2012  
Mark Rains 2013  
James Tucker 2013  
Robert Spence Van 2013 👑
Buddy Beger 2014  
Mark Forester 2014  
Fred Morris 2014  
Sam Nance 2014  
Dale Peña 2014  
Bill Adams 2015  
Jim Densmore 2015  
Roy Norman 2015 👑
Gary Shouse 2015 👑
Bob Adams (Burleson, TX) 2015  
James Bransom 2017  
Eddie Goodner 2017  
Jim Newman 2017  
Chris Black 2018  
David Rodriguez 2018  
Brad Blanchard 2019  
Mark Boucher 2019  
Rick Hilliard 2019  
Timothy Smith 2020