Vietnam Conflict Era Soldiers
(1961 - 1975)

last updated July 25, 2004

"...the era's most important occurrence happened half-way around the world, and though a few Lawrence County boys fought there and some died, it wasn't the same as before -- not like France, or Okinawa, or Korea." "Involvement by local boys was minimal, considering past conflicts, but for one young woman, the battles there were doubly horrible. The former Glenda Holbrook was probably the only woman in America widowed twice by gunfire of the Viet." (source 3)

Evidence of Vietnam Conflict Era Soldiers in Lawrence County has been recorded from courthouse ledgers, cemetery records, casualty records, newspapers, or other documents. If you have record of a family member who was born in the county, lived in the county, died and/or is buried in Lawrence County, please contact me so that the information may be added to this list. --Beverly L. Pack

Soldiers Documented in Lawrence County, Kentucky

NAMEDATE OF BIRTHDATE OF DEATHSERVICE INFORMATIONWHERE BURIED
Clyde E. AdkinsunkMaster Sergeant - U. S. Army
Dock Adkins, Jr.unkSergeant First Class - U. S. Army
Ernest R. AdkinsJan 5, 1947Mar 7, 1999Colonel - U. S. Army; OH Army National Guard retired with 28 years serviceOak Grove Cemetery, Delaware, OH
Harry Morris AkersunkU. S. Army
Larry Borders AkersunkMajor (Retired) - U. S. Army
Jerry Vaughan ArringtonApr 24, 1952Jun 10, 1980EMFN - U. S. NavyGreenlawn Cemetery, West
Daniel Simms "Danny" BallMay 20, 1944Jan 24, 1973KY - Specialist Four - U. S. ArmyGreenlawn Cemetery, West
John E. "Duck" BallFeb 6, 1953Mar 3, 1988Private - U. S. ArmyOgle Cemetery
Marvin Blanton19561991Private - U. S. ArmyIsaac Park Church Cemetery
David Harold Boggs19521988Specialist Four - U. S. ArmyGreenlawn Cemetery, West
Robert BoltAug 22, 1925Nov 27, 1987Sergeant First Class - U. S. Army; also served in WWII & KoreaBolt Cemetery, Garrett
Stephen Ray Preston BrackettJun 17, 1955May 4, 1993Specialist Four - U. S. ArmyBorders Chapel Cemetery
Jack BranhamDec 13, 1946Nov 12, 1992Specialist Four - U. S. ArmyCollins Family Cemetery, Fallsburg
Thomas BurgessunkU. S. Marines
John E. BurtonJul 10, 1921Nov 30, 1994Command Sergeant Major; served two tours; also served in WWII & Korea Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
John William Burton19441986Private - U. S. ArmyBurke-Burton Cemetery
James Ivan BushJul 19, 1942Aug 1, 1991SN - U. S. NavyGreenlawn Cemetery, West
John F. CanterburyNov 23, 1918Mar 10, 1979Sergeant - U. S. Army; also served in KoreaGreenlawn Cemetery, West
Elwyn Clay, Jr.Apr 17, 1937Mar 18, 1988Seaman 3 - U. S. NavyGreenlawn Cemetery, East
Gordon ComptonunkU. S. Army
Jay Cox, Jr.19481988Corporal - U. A. ArmyJohn Spurlock Cemetery
Charlie F. DanielsJul 26, 1949Dec 20, 1999
Ira Ray DeanSep 21, 1928Jul 30, 1971WV - EO1 - U. S. NavyBuchanan Chapel Cemetery
Fred R. Derifield19211977ATN2 - U. S. Navy; also served in WWII & KoreaDerifield Cemetery, Clifford
William DerifieldSep 10, 1946Jul 27, 1991QMC - U. S. NavyDerifield Cemetery, Clifford
William James Derifield19191982Specialist 7 - U. S. Army; also served in WWII & KoreaDerifield Cemetery, Clifford
Romey Edwards19201985U. S. Air Force; also served in WWII & KoreaGreenlawn Cemetery, West
Curtis Fitzpatrickabt 1947U. S. Navy
Elias George, Jr.Jun 1, 1936Feb 18, 1993Technical Sergeant - U. S. Air ForceBorders Chapel Cemetery
Robert Vernon Grayabt 1948Aug 30, 1969Warrant Officer - U. S. Army; Killed In Action
David Allen Green19341987Technical Sergeant - U. S. Air Force; also served in KoreaPine Hill, Fulkerson Addition
John Paul Griffin19511991Private - U. S. ArmyYatesville Memorial Gardens
Charles L. HallDec 17, 1943Dec 6, 1990Staff Sergeant - U. S. ArmyGreenlawn Cemetery, East
*Jimmy Wayne HardwickMay 6, 1947Oct 25, 1968KY - Corporal - U. S. Army; Killed In ActionGreenlawn Cemetery, West
Paul Douglas HarmonOct 13, 1940Jul 8, 1991Sergeant - U. S. Air ForceFairchild-Lemaster Cemetery
Arnold Ray JenningsMay 25, 1926Apr 25, 1989Senior Master Sergeant - U. S. Air Force; also served in WWII & KoreaBuchanan Chapel Cemetery
Bill JonesunkDoor Gunner
Charles Spencer JonesDec 11, 1938Feb 14, 1969KY - Warrant Officer - U. S. Army; Non-Hostile Action - Died of Heart AttackGreenlawn Cemetery, West
Wayne JonesunkU. S. Army
Donald Gene JordanJun 29, 1941Oct 7, 1986Sergeant First Class - U. S. ArmyMoore-Jordan Cemetery
Gary Roger LesterApr 26, 1949Aug 9, 1985U. S. Air ForceCastle Cemetery
George D. LewisMar 23, 1941 A1C - U. S. Air Force 
Harry E. McGinnisApr 17, 1950Jan 22, 1973KY - Sergeant - U. S. ArmyMcGinnis-Cook Cemetery
Larry D. MooreunkWarrant Officer - U. S. Army
*Walter Lee MooreDec 5, 1947Mar 11, 1969Specialist Four; Killed In ActionFluty Lick Cemetery, Martin Co, KY
Edward LeRoy MountsApr 4, 1946Nov 25, 1999Mount Family Cemetery, Fort Gay, WV
Charles Hubert NelsonDec 23, 1948Feb 10, 1989Specialist Five - U. S. ArmyGreenlawn Cemetery, West
John Thomas O'DanielNov 14, 1929Sergeant First Class - U. S. Army (Jan 1948 - Oct 1969; Retired), Military Police; also served in Korea
Jonathan Wallace PiggunkU. S. Army
Dennis RatcliffunkSpecialist Four; Wounded at Chu Lai
*Larry Gene RatliffSep 9, 1948Dec 7, 1968Private First Class - U. S. Marines; Killed In Action
Carl Robert SammonsNov 27, 1934Jan 21, 1989U. S. Army; also served in Korean WarFranklin Family Cemetery
Daniel SimmsMay 20, 1944Jan 24, 1973KY - Specialist Four - U. S. ArmyGreenlawn Cemetery, West
Frank SpillmanDec 20, 1939Mar 2, 1994U. S. Army
Willie Spillman, Jr.Sep 15, 1949May 12, 1981Staff Sergeant - U. S. Army; Died of service related illness at age 31Carter County Memory Gardens, Grayson, KY
Danny Kay SpradlinMar 10, 1948Feb 7, 1991Specialist Five - U. S. ArmyWallace Cemetery, Donithan
*Ellsworth SwannAug 26, 1945Dec 14, 1967KY - Private First Class - U. S. Army; Killed In ActionGreenlawn Cemetery, East
Hager TackettOct 8, 1935Aug 8, 1987Staff Sergeant - U. S. Air ForceHarmon Cemetery
James E. Webb19291971KY - Master Sergeant; also served in KoreaPine Hill, Section 12
Mark James Webb19491970IN - Warrant Officer; Killed In ActionPine Hill, Section 12
Orvile WeddingtonJul 10, 1912Feb 23, 1993Technical Sergeant - U. S. Air Force; also served in KoreaMeek-Muncy-Terry Cemetery
Danny Lee WilliamsJul 5, 1938Jan 8, 1993Private First Class - U. S. ArmyFrazier Cemetery
Ellis "Pete" WilliamsonunkunkSpecialist Four; Killed In Action
George W. WilsonunkU. S. Navy
Gary Wayne WootenFeb 23, 1952Jun 18, 1971WV - Airman - U. S. Air ForceHarmon Cemetery
Gary WrightunkunkCorporal; Killed In Action
James B. YoungJul 24, 1943 Major (Retired 1987) - U. S. Air Force 

*NOTE: Soldiers indicated with an asterisk "*" have their names inscribed on the Monument in front of the Lawrence County Courthouse.

Note: Not all of this information has been documented and verified. If you find errors, please contact me at the address below and let me know. I appreciate all assistance in maintaining accurate information.

Additional information, such as Wills, Biographies, Letters, Diaries, Pension Application Papers, etc., may be found on those soldiers which have a link indicated. If you have a web page with information about one of these soldiers, please contact me so that I may add your page to the links.

Sources

"Curtright Funeral Home Records 1927-1972," compiled by Mary Ellen Reid, Beulah Greene, Stephanie A. Adkins; 1997.

"History of Lawrence County, Kentucky," compiled by Regina Tackett, Patricia Jackson, Janice Thompson; Curtis Media Corp., Dallas, TX, 1991.

"Lawrence County - a pictorial history," by George Wolfford, WWW Company, Publishers, Ashland, KY, 1972.

"Lawrence County, Ky Cemeteries Volume 1, 1995," compiled by Mary Ellen Reid, Beulah Greene, Isabelle Johns; TMC Printing, Paintsville, KY, 1995.

"Lawrence County, Ky Cemeteries Volume 2, 1996," compiled by Mary Ellen Reid, Beulah Greene, Isabelle Johns, Stephanie Adkins; TMC Printing, Paintsville, KY, 1996.

"Lawrence County, Ky Cemeteries Volume 3, 1997," compiled by Mary Ellen Reid, Beulah Greene, Stephanie A. Adkins; 1997.

"Lawrence County, KY Cemeteries Volume 4, 1998," compiled by Mary Ellen Reid, Beulah Greene, Stephanie A. Adkins, 1998.

"Lawrence County, KY Cemeteries Volume 5, 1999," compiled by Mary Ellen Reid, Beulah Greene, Stephanie A. Adkins, 1999.

Register of Vietnam War Casualties, KY Dept of Military Affairs, Records and Research Branch, Frankfort, KY.


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