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Joe Hare offers to take photos to Somerset for The Wall Exhibit

The Vietnam Veterans War Memorial Wall replica in Somerset: In conjunction with the display of the half-scale replica, Kentucky kicks of statewide effort to gather photos of 1,058 native sons on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Kick-off breakfast at The Center for Rural Development, 2292 S. Highway 27, Somerset, KY, at 9:30ET/8:30CT, May 9, 2011
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Comments re article 43881 Replica of The Wall will be in Somerset KY May 914 2011

By Ed Waggener

Linda Waggener wants to know, "Is there a way to get a list of each Vietnam Veteran named on the Wall from the CM coverage area of Adair, Metcalfe, Green, Taylor, Casey, Russell and Cumberland Counties? I'd like to do all we can to maintain a checklist and spread the word so families and friends can hopefully collect photos of each and every service person named on the wall. CM can maintain photo files for those who can't go to the event and deliver the photos."


CM is working on the list, and welcomes any assistance. Already, Joe Hare and Pen Waggener have sent lists, with some variation, on the Adair Countians who gave their all in the Vietnam War.

Joe Hare has written ColumbiaMagazine.com with an offer to take photographs of the Adair Countians who lost their lives in the Vietnam War to Somerset during the May 9-14, 2011 exhibit of the replica of the Vietnam Veteans War Memorial Wall.

He asks help in finding a photo of Wiliam Rieves Curry. "I want to make sure all Adair Countians' photos are there.

Joe Hare sends this list of Adair Countians Who Gave Their All in Vietnam:
Sp 4 William Coy Turner
173rd Airborne Bdge
15 Feb 46 - 17 May 67
Sgt William Coy Turner/Virtual Wall

PFC William Reives Curry
1st Field Force
29 Apr 47 - 06 Jul 68
PFC William R. Reives/Virtual Wall

Sgt Francis Russell McGowan
1st Calvary Div
21 Jun 46 -02 Jun 69
Sgt. Francis Russell McGowan/Virtual Wall

Sgt David Owen Biggs
1st Calvary Div
06 Oct 48 - 11 Jun 69
Sgt David Owen Biggs/Virtual Wall
> To visit the Virtual Wall Home Page Link, click to VirtualWall.org Pen's list from the Adair County Veterans List is a bit longer, and includes a possible duplication and one soldier, an enlistee from Taylor County, who was an Adair County native:
Biggs, David Owen; Vietnam War; Sgt. David Owen Biggs, age 20, of Columbia, U.S. Army, killed in action 1969 June 11 at Binh Tuy. Panel 22W, Row 17, Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Curry, William Rieves; Vietnam War; Pfc. William Rieves Curry, age 20, of Columbia, U.S. Army, killed in a vehicular crash 1968 July 06 at Tay Ninh. Panel 53W, Row 26, Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Ferguson, James; Vietnam War; died in Vietnam

Ferguson, James Murphy; Vietnam War; died in Vietnam (possible duplicate entry)

McGowan, Francis Russell (Frankie); Vietnam War; Sgt. Francis Russell "Frankie" McGowan, age 22, of Columbia, U.S. Army, killed in action 1969 June 02 at Long Khanh. Panel 23W Row 46, Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Overstreet, William Luther; Vietnam War; Pfc. William Luther Overstreet, age 21, of Elk Horn, Taylor Co. (a native of Adair County), U.S. Army, killed in action 1969 April 09 at Quang Ngai. Panel 27W Row 46. Vietnam Veterans Memorial. (Sadly, Pfc. Overstreet's name is not inscribed on the Memorial Park Monument honoring Adair County's fallen heroes.)

Turner, William Coy; Vietnam War; Purple Heart. SP4 William Coy Turner, age 21, of Chance, U.S. Army, killed in action 1967 May 15 at Hua Nghia. Panel 20E Row 20, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Comments, write-ups and photographs are welcome. -CM


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