January 20, 2018 - 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. 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 US prisoners of war, and called for both sides to find a political solution to the conflict. As an enticement to South Vietnam, President Nixon offered US airpower to enforce the peace terms (this was stopped in December 1974 when Congress cut off all military aid to South Vietnam).
More than 58,000 Americans gave their lives in the Vietnam War and there are still 1,601 missing in action.
In observance of the 45th Anniversary Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will host a Memorial Observance for those who served in the Vietnam War. A wreath laying will take place at 10am, Friday, January 26th, 2018 at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Shelby County Courthouse.
The names of nine Shelby County Veterans who were killed in action during the Vietnam War will be 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, and Taylor D. Johnson.
As always, the public is cordially invited. Questions call Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at 936-598-2976.