By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
“War is the unfolding of miscalculations.” – Barbara Tuchman, U.S. historian
Just yesterday, as we celebrated our country’s birthday, our hearts swelled with emotion to hear those patriotic anthems.
We rejoice with such fervor in our high notes, but our low notes so often go unsung.
The Vietnam War was one of those notes many Americans forget.
I especially think of one friend, who came home alive but whose wonderful spirit was forever crushed by the horror of his experience. He was not alone.
Today, we see our countrymen and women return from 21st century conflicts. We cannot forget the price they pay.
Take the time to remember our neighbors whose Vietnam sacrifices were ultimate.
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Abbeville – SP4 Darrell James DePriest; Aberdeen – Pfc Clyde Garth Jr., Sgt Roger Thomas Guest, 1Lt George Emerson Jones, Pfc James Ammons Woodruff; Amory – Sgt David Hugh Harlow, SP4 Carlos Leroy Tartt; Ashland – Pfc Lynn Bailey Coleman, SP4 William Thomas Gresham Jr.
Baldwyn – SP4 Phillip Allen Duncan, Sgt Gerald Clinton Mauney, SP4 Edward Polk McCarthy III, LCpl John Curtis Young; Belden – SP4 Lee Earnest Salters; Blue Mountain – Sgt Richard Allen Menees; Blue Springs – SP4 James David McWhorter; Booneville – Sgt Kenneth Braxton Carpenter, SP4 Larry Floyd Dodds, Pfc William Franklin Stringer; Bruce – LCpl John Wayne Brown; Burnsville – Sgt Donnie Joe Marlar
Calhoun City – SP4 Charles Ray Jones; Corinth – SP4 Douglas Everett Byrd, SP4 Weyman Terry Cook, SP4 Bobby Hudson, Pfc Prince Arthur Johnson Jr., Pfc Gary Kenneth Lannon, Pfc Hershel Eugene Morris, SP4 Larry Franklin Newcomb, SSgt Clyde Raymond Phillips, Pfc Jerry Wayne Talley, SP4 Gerhard W.C. Vanderford, Pfc Try Lee Walker
Denmark – LCpl Willie Morris Jones; Dumas – SP4 David Thomas Chapman; Egypt – LCpl Lucion Gillispie Jr.; Fulton – Capt Phillips H. Izard Jr., Cpl Melford Wayne West, Sgt Larry Thomas Yielding; Gattman – SP4 Thomas Franklin Irvin
Holly Springs – Pfc M.L. Curry, Pfc Frank Edward Davis, Sgt Mack Simpson Jeffries, Pfc Benny Leon Smith; Houlka – Pfc Fred Lee Hampton; Houston – Pfc Leon Vincent Fox, Cpl Harold Douglas Gore, SP4 Allen Avery Griffin, 1Lt George Michael Wall; Iuka – LCpl Arthur William Dilworth
Marietta – SP4 Jimmy Ray Isbell, Cpl Sammy Ray Palmer; Myrtle – Sgt John Wayne Cowart; Nettleton – Pfc Owen Wayne Worthey; New Albany – LCpl Larry Earl Adams, Pfc Roland Hayes Howell, Pfc Larry Lee Page, Sgt Joe Raymond Roberts Jr., Sgt Charles McClame Shumpert
Okolona – Pfc James Edward Hill, Cpl Johnny Ray Holloway, Cpl Eugene Hunt; Oxford – SMSgt James Ellis Williams; Plantersville – Sgt. Don Allen Boozer; Pontotoc – Cpl Ronald Lee Sandlin, Cpl Danny Keith Witt ; Potts Camp – SP4 George Edward Beckley, Pfc Sylvester Swinford; Prairie – SSgt. Jonathan Townsend
Rienzi – LCpl Hensley McFadden Dilworth, Pfc Thomas Richard Stutts; Ripley – SP4 Raymond Albert Bizzell, SP4 Terry Lee Blythe; Saltillo – Maj Charles Elbert Finney, SSgt Larry Edward Hand; Shannon – WO Hugh Michael Pettit; Sherman – Pfc Terry Lee Armonstrong
Tiplersville – Sgt Louis Clark Hines; Tremont – Cpl Jimmy Darrel Humphres; Tupelo – Cpl Bobby Joe Ard, SP4 Clarence Blanks, LCpl Dennis Eugene Clark, SP4 Paul William Robinson, Pfc James Ralph Stevenson, Sfc James Taylor Tucker, SP5 Jimmie Carl Wallace; Verona – 1Lt. Leslie Forrest Douglas Jr.
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