Honoring those York County, SC lost in Vietnam this Memorial Day

Memorial Day

In years since World War 1, Memorial Day has become a celebration of honor for those who died in all America’s wars, as well as those who are veterans and current members of the US military. On this day, the United States flag is raised to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to half-staff position, where it remains until noon. The flag is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868, three years after Robert E. Lee surrendered the last major Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. The celebration originally commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A Logan. Following the proclamation, participants decorated graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. However, it wasn’t until 1967 Memorial Day become an official federal holiday.

Little did Americans know that only a year later in 1968 that May would turn out to be the bloodiest month of the bloodiest year for Americans in Vietnam. More Americans died in May — 2,403 — than in any other month of the war with upward of 500 Americans dying every week in Vietnam.

A half a century ago, Rock Hill, South Carolina lost fourteen of its young men, all under the age of 30. York County, in total, lost thirty-two of its enlisted men in places with names few of us can pronounce; Dinh Toung, Binh Dinh, Quang Tri.

These are the names, faces, and dates we lost those brave men in the Vietnam War which lasted from November 1, 1955, to April 30, 1975.

 


JESSE L ADAMS
DATE OF CASUALTY: NOV 21, 1968

Date of Birth: Sep 10, 1949
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


VINCENT N BANKS
DATE OF CASUALTY: FEB 26, 1969

Date of Birth: Oct 17, 1948
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS


ROY G BARNETTE
DATE OF CASUALTY: JAN 22, 1969

Date of Birth: Jan 5, 1948
Home Town: SHARON
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS

SAM H BOYD
DATE OF CASUALTY: MAY 28, 1968

Date of Birth: Jan 9, 1948
Home Town: FT MILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY

JAMES S CAMP
DATE OF CASUALTY: JAN 15, 1967

Date of Birth: Jan 7, 1948
Home Town: CLOVER
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS

JAMES A CARPENTER
DATE OF CASUALTY: MAR 14, 1969

Date of Birth: May 5, 1950
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS

GEORGE L COBB
DATE OF CASUALTY: MAY 26, 1968

Date of Birth: Oct 25, 1944
Home Town: CLOVER
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY

JOHNNY P COSTNER
DATE OF CASUALTY: NOV 10, 1970

Date of Birth: Dec 28, 1939
Home Town: YORK
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY

ROBERT B ELDRIDGE
DATE OF CASUALTY: NOV 5, 1969

Date of Birth: Jan 8, 1943
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY

CHARLES R FERRELL
DATE OF CASUALTY: AUG 25, 1967

Date of Birth: Apr 9, 1947
Home Town: FT MILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY

EARL W FOSTER JR
DATE OF CASUALTY: JAN 17, 1966

Date of Birth: Jan 3, 1940
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


ROBERT S GOOD JR
DATE OF CASUALTY: MAR 13, 1971

Date of Birth: Apr 7, 1950
Home Town: YORK
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


CHARLES M GOUDE
DATE OF CASUALTY: NOV 12, 1966

Date of Birth: May 10, 1935
Home Town: FT MILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


RICHARD L HANNON
DATE OF CASUALTY: APR 19, 1969

Date of Birth: Jun 8, 1946
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY

ABRAHAM HARRIS
DATE OF CASUALTY: OCT 13, 1967

Date of Birth: Aug 18, 1945
Home Town: YORK
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


CARL E HARRIS
DATE OF CASUALTY: NOV 15, 1965

Date of Birth: Feb 23, 1937
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


JERRY D HELMS
DATE OF CASUALTY: APR 30, 1971

Date of Birth: Jan 18, 1947
Home Town: FT MILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


LARRY K HENSON
DATE OF CASUALTY: MAY 8, 1969

Date of Birth: Sep 2, 1950
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS


JAMES M JOHNSTONE
DATE OF CASUALTY: NOV 19, 1966

Date of Birth: May 4, 1938
Home Town: FT MILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


RAYMOND E LONG
DATE OF CASUALTY: OCT 19, 1967

Date of Birth: Mar 30, 1948
Home Town: FT MILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS


CHARLES E MCDOWELL
DATE OF CASUALTY: FEB 11, 1968

Date of Birth: Jan 9, 1940
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


CHARLES L MORGAN
DATE OF CASUALTY: MAY 31, 1968

Date of Birth: Aug 12, 1949
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS


FREDDIE J PHIFER
DATE OF CASUALTY: DEC 11, 1967

Date of Birth: Dec 23, 1947
Home Town: FT MILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS


JOHNNIE W POTTS
DATE OF CASUALTY: FEB 18, 1968

Date of Birth: Jun 23, 1943
Home Town: FT MILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


LAWRENCE E SCOTT
DATE OF CASUALTY: NOV 25, 1970

Date of Birth: Jan 9, 1945
Home Town: FT MILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


GAROLD R SIMMERS
DATE OF CASUALTY: FEB 24, 1969

Date of Birth: Aug 3, 1948
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS


ALBERT W SMARR JR
DATE OF CASUALTY: FEB 25, 1972

Date of Birth: Oct 4, 1924
Home Town: HICKORY GROVE
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


DAVID W SMITH
DATE OF CASUALTY: NOV 27, 1968

Date of Birth: Jun 10, 1943
Home Town: FT MILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


ANDREW SPRINGS
DATE OF CASUALTY: MAR 18, 1968

Date of Birth: Feb 7, 1948
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS


LINDELL R STEGALL
DATE OF CASUALTY: APR 3, 1967

Date of Birth: Jul 22, 1948
Home Town: FT MILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS


DAVID TUCKER
DATE OF CASUALTY: NOV 1, 1967

Date of Birth: May 1, 1947
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY


LIBERT J WELDON JR
DATE OF CASUALTY: NOV 30, 1967

Date of Birth: Jul 28, 1941
Home Town: ROCK HILL
Home State: SC
Branch of Service: ARMY

 

To find out more, visit the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial at: http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/

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