VFW Post helps keep sacrifices of America's warriors alive

Ceremony held Monday to commemorate losses of Vietnam War

It is important to remember the freedoms which Americans share and enjoy today came with much sacrifice, including the loss of life in thousands of cases by those who served their country in time of war, according to Larry Hume.

The VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster served as master of a Monday ceremony to commemorate the 1973 Paris Peach Accord and the Vietnam War. He said remembering those sacrifices, including those of

“It has been said that no one is truly dead until their name is no longer spoken,” he said. That is why a part of the remembrance event included the reading of names of 12 Shelby County residents who died in connection with the Vietnam War.

More than 58,000 Americans, including 11 from Shelby County, gave their lives in the Vietnam War and there are still 1,587 missing in action, Hume said.

A wreath laying by Newton Johnson, senior vice commander of the post, at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the 1885 Historic Shelby County Courthouse to commemorate the 1973 Paris Peace Accord.

The Paris Peace Accord ending the Vietnam War was signed on January 27, 1973, and was followed by the withdrawal of the remaining American troops on March 29, 1973, Hume said.

The names of 11 Shelby County Veterans who were killed in action during the Vietnam War were read.  They are:  Ted W. Adams, William L. “Shorty” Andrews, Jimmy Barnett, Mac Curtis Buckley, Larry Byford, Ray Chatelain, Jr., William H. Eaden, Jerry Lynn Hughes, Taylor D. Johnson, Samuel R. Lynch and Calvin Patrick.  Also, John B. Lightfoot who was killed in a training accident while preparing to deploy to Vietnam.

The terms of the accord called for a complete ceasefire in South Vietnam, allowed North Vietnamese forces to retain the territory they had captured, release of U.S. prisoners of war, and called for both sides to find a political solution to the conflict.

Hume opened the ceremony with prayer in which he paid tribute to the sacrifices of both the living and dead who served in Vietnam.

We thank you for the sacrifices they made for us and for peace and we gather here in these moments to remember them,” he said.

Ceremony participants took turns reading the names of the 12 county residents whose lives were lost in connection with the Vietnam War. Those included:

 

  • Ted Wayne Adams, Private First Class - Born in Beaumont, Texas, July 31, 1944. Inducted into the U.S. Army November 14, 1965. Killed in action on November 15, 1966, age 22. Buried in the Tennessee Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Awarded the Purple Heart. 
  • William Larry "Shorty" Andrews, Specialist Fourth Class - Born in Shelby County, Texas October 25, 1945. Inducted into the U.S. Army 1965. Killed in action on February 16, 1967, age 21. Buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas. Awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. 
  • Jimmy D. Barnett, Private First Class - Born in Joaquin, Texas February 28, 1943. Inducted into the U.S. Army May 1967. Killed in action March 26, 1968, age 25. Buried in the Jackson Cemetery, Joaquin, Texas. Awarded the Purple Heart. 
  • Mac C. Buckley, Private First Class - Born in Center, Texas November 7, 1945. Inducted into the U.S. Army 1967. Killed in action on July 5, 1968. Buried in the Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Awarded the Purple Heart. 
  • Larry Stephen "Possum" Byford, Private First Class - Born in Center, Texas May 1, 1945. Inducted into the U.S. Army October 1965. Killed in action June 23, 1967. Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas. Awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. 
  • Ray A. Chatelain, Seaman First Class - Born in Louisiana May 6, 1946. Join the U.S. Navy Ocotober 1965. Killed in an explosion aboard the USS Forrestal on July 30, 1967. Buried in the Longstreet Cemetery, Longstreet, Louisiana. Awarded the Purple Heart. 
  • William Henry Eaden, Sergeant - Born in Timpson, Texas August 12, 1939. Joined the U.S. Army December 13, 1961. Career soldier killed in action on November 12, 1965. Buried in the Mount Gillion Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas. Awarded the Purple Heart. 
  • Jerry Lynn Hughes, Sergeant - Born in Center, Texas July 17, 1946. Inducted into the U.S. Army May 1966. Killed in action on July 12, 1967. Buried in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. Awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. 
  • Taylor D. "Sonny" Johnson, Major - Born in Joaquin, Texas December 15, 1952. Joined the U.S. Army 1953. Career soldier. Killed in action January 28, 1966. Buried in the Joaquin Cemetery, Joaquin, Texas. Awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. 
  • John B. Lightfoot, Corporal - Born in Shelby County, Texas July 27, 1952. Joined the U.S. Marine Corps June 14, 1971. Killed in a training accident on October 3, 1974 in Louisiana while preparing to deploy to Vietnam. Buried in the McClelland Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas.
  • Samuel R. Lynch, Specialist Fourth Class - Born in Nacogdoches, Texas May 26, 1949. Inducted into the U.S. Army 1969. Killed in action December 12, 1970. Buried in the White Rock Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas. Awarded the Purple Heart. 
  • Calvin R. Patrick, Private First Class - Born in Houston, Texas November 23, 1950. Inducted into the U.S. Army November 30, 1968. Killed in action May 25, 1969. Buried in the Wimberly Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas. Awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. 

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