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A fifth Adair County casualty of the Vietnam War

William Luther Overstreet is buried in Lebanon National Cemetery. He was a native of Knifley, KY, and a graduate of Adair County High School, but entered the service after moving to Louisville, KY. The other four Adair Countians who made the supreme sacrifice in Vietnam were: Frances (Frankie) McGowan, William Curry, David Owen Biggs, and William Coy Turner
Comment on: Vietnam Veterans Proclamation: Small but significant affair

By Anonymous

A fifth Adair Countian should be included among those who died in Vietnam. William Luther Overstreet of Knifley was born in Adair County on August 5th, 1948, and his obituary appeared in the April 17, 1969 News-Journal:Pfc. William Luther Overstreet, 21, of the Hovious Ridge community of Knifley, Ky., died in action in Vietnam Wednesday, April 9.


Overstreet was killed near Chu Lai, Vietnam, in action, when he stepped on an enemy booby trap. He had been in Vietnam 5 1/2 months.

Although a native of Knifley, he had been living in Louisville prior to entering the service in May of last year. He had been an employee of the Taystee Baking Co., and lived at 611 Kathleen Ave.

He was married to the former Rita Fay Robison of Elkhorn, June 21, 1967. His widow survives, along with his mother, Mrs. Gladys Hovious Overstreet, of Casey Creek, Ky.; four brothers, J. B., Dean, Terry and Charles, all also of Casey Creek; and his grandmother, Mrs. Lora Ann Overstreet. His father, John Thelbert Overstreet, and a sister, Mrs. Wanda Crockett, are deceased.

Overstreet entered the service May 21, 1968, with basic training, and left for Vietnam October 17, 1968.
He was a 1966 graduate of Adair County High School.

He professed faith in Christ early in life and was a member of Knifley Christian Church. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time Wednesday morning since the body had not arrived from Vietnam. Services are to be at Knifley Christian Church, with Rev. Arthur Clark and Rev. Earl Wingler officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon National Cemetery. Lyon Funeral Home is in charge of the services, with military from Ft. Knox participating.


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