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Snider Hangs Memorial Wreath at Vietnam Peace Accord Anniversary

February 13, 2018 - VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary held a Vietnam Peace Accord of 1973 observance recognizing the 45th anniversary of the accord Friday, January 26, 2018 

Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, opened the ceremony and he was followed by Cynthia Islas, Post Chaplain, who gave the opening prayer.

Hume gave history of the peace accord and reminded everyone more than 58,000 Americans gave their lives in the Vietnam War and there are still 1,601 missing in action.

"The Paris Peace Accord ended the Vietnam War. It was signed 45 years ago on January 27, 1973, and was followed by the withdrawal of the remaining American Troops," said Hume. "The terms of the Accord called for a complete cease-fire in south Vietnam, it allowed north Vietnam forces to retain the territory that they had captured and it provided for the release of U.S. prisoners of war."   

In honor of those mentioned and all who perished during the Vietnam War, Vietnam Veteran Travis Snider, hung the memorial wreath upon the Shelby County Veterans Memorial.

This was followed by the playing of Taps.

Shelby County Servicemen Killed in Action in Vietnam
  • William Henry Eaden, U.S. Army Sgt., 1st Infantry Division, killed in action on November 12, 1965. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 3 East, Line 42.
  • Ted Wane Adams, U.S. Army Pfc., 4th Infantry Division, killed in action on November 15, 1966. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 12 East, Line 76.
  • Taylor D. Johnson, U.S. Army Mjr., 1st Air Cavalry Division, killed in action on January 28, 1966. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 4 East, Line 103.
  • William Larry "Shorty" Andrews, U.S. Army Spc., 4th Class, 4th Infantry Division, killed in action on February 16, 1967. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 15 East, Line 38.
  • Larry Stephen Byford, U.S. Army Pfc. 1st Cavalry Division, killed in action on June 23, 1967. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 22 East, Line 52.
  • Jerry Lynn Hughes, U.S. Army Pfc., 4th Infantry Division, killed in action on July 12, 1967. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 23 East, Line 59.
  • Ray A. Chatelain, Jr., U.S. Navy, U.S. Forrestal, killed in action on July 30, 1967. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 24 East, Line 50.
  • Jimmy D. Barnett, U.S. Army Pfc., 3rd Infantry Division killed in action on March 26, 1968. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 46, Line 28.
  • Mac Curtis Buckley, U.S. Army Pfc., 25th Infantry Division, killed in action on July 5, 1968. His name on the wall can be found at Panel 53, Line 16.