Clarksville, TN – A Welcome Home Veterans celebration has been taking place in Clarksville since September 13th, beginning with the arrival of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall at Appleton Harley Davidson.
More than two dozen events at venues throughout the city included a reception at Old Glory Distilling Co., a screening of Ken Burns’ new documentary “The Vietnam War”, and a Remembrance Ceremony at First Baptist Church featuring Cindy Stonebraker, whose father has been MIA since October 1968.
Governor Bill Haslam memorializes six Tennesseans including Clarksville solider who made the ultimate sacrifice
Four Special Forces Service Members Among Those Remembered for Memorial Day
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to six Tennesseans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including a service members previously missing in action for several decades. Haslam presented surviving family members with the Honor and Remember Flag and an Iris which is the official state flower.
Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods of Clarksville was among eight service members killed in a plane crash on October 24th, 1964 and was the first Tennessean to be declared missing in action (MIA) leading up to the Vietnam War. Woods was serving with the 5th Special Forces Group based out of Fort Campbell. The United States Army Staff Sergeant was aboard a C-123 Provider aircraft that crashed when it was struck by enemy fire while resupplying the U.S. Special Forces camp at Bu Prang, Vietnam. Lisa Szymanski, Steven Woods and Deborah Secriskey received the presentation on behalf of their father.
Staff Sergeant Woods has been missing in action for 50 years
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods of Clarksville, TN.
Woods was among eight service members killed in a plane crash on October 24th, 1964 and the first Tennessean to be declared missing in action (MIA) leading up to the Vietnam War.
Woods was a member of the 5th Special Forces Group based out of Fort Campbell.
Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
Fort Campbell, KY – Past and present members of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) family gathered together here last week for its annual Reunion Week festivities.
This year marked the unit’s 52nd anniversary of its activation, which originally took place September 21st, 1961, at Fort Bragg, NC. Although a time to celebrate, the “reunion” has become much more than just an annual gathering throughout the years.
The 5th SFG (A) has a storied history written by very quiet professionals, but more importantly they are a family that encompasses Veterans, past and present, families and friend of the Legion for generations past.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced September 20th-26th, 2013 as POW/MIA Recognition Week. Meanwhile, the United States Department of Defense announces the identification of Major Howard V. Andre, Jr. of Memphis who has been missing in action since July 8th, 1969.
Major Andre and Major James E. Sizemore of Illinois were on a night armed reconnaissance mission when their A-26A Invader aircraft crashed in Xiangkhoang Province, Laos during the Vietnam War. Both men died in the crash but their remains were unaccounted for until April 2013. The Air Force pilots will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors on September 23rd at Arlington National Cemetery. They were classified as missing in action for nearly 44 years.
Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
Fort Campbell, KY – “After a brief banter and an offer for a cup of steaming hot coffee, a blaring horn can be heard coming from outside. Paul’s ride has arrived, so having to decline the coffee, Paul wishes them a fond farewell, not neglecting to let them know he will be back after the mission.
“With this final gesture, Paul turns around and leaves the house through the front door. In front of him stands an olive drab painted Army truck.” «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Sgt. Tracy Weeden
Palmer, TN – An unexpected and emotional reunion occurred Monday in Grundy County, Tennessee, when 17 soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) escorted the remains of a Vietnam veteran back to his home town and family, after being missing in action for 45 years.
The veteran was Spc. Marvin Foster Philips of Palmer, Tennessee. He joined the Army at the age of eighteen and was assigned to the 114th Assault Helicopter Company, 101st Airborne Division, were he was a UH-1B Huey helicopter crew chief.
On September 26th, 1966, he departed on a combat assault mission in the Delta region of South Vietnam over Vinh Binh province and was never seen again.
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