New monument to honor local fallen Vietnam vets

Published 11:26 am Friday, November 9, 2018

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 607 – Central Alabama will dedicate and unveil a monument at Bicentennial Park in Troy Monday to honor the fallen heroes of Pike, Barbour, Butler, Henry and Crenshaw counties who gave their lives in the Vietnam War.

The monument will list the names of 26 young men from these counties who paid the ultimate sacrifice and died in Vietnam. We would like to invite their families and the general public to join us as we honor these fallen heroes at 11 a.m. at Bicentennial Park. The ceremony will include presentations from the American Legion, Post 70 of Troy and the City of Troy, without whose assistance this monument would not be possible. The Bicentennial Park is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 231 and Alabama Highway 87 in Troy.

The names listed on the monument and the counties they were from are listed below:

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• LCPL John Dawson Thomas Campbell

• MAJ Bobby Gene Huggins

• LCPL Joel Keith Watkins


• LCPL Jimmy Layne Norsworthy

• SGT Ronald Gilmore

• PFC Willie Louis Davis

• PFC Albert Charles Powell

• 1LT Dougas McArthur Evans


• SGT William Morris Cooper

• SSP4 James Thomas Likely

• SFC William Sherril Stinson

• PFC Michael Toxey Rutherford

• COL Philip Doyle Sellers

• CPL Clarence Taylor


• CAPT Billy T. Hatfield

• PFC James David Suggs

• SP4 Charles Clarence Walker

• COL Jerdy Albert Wright Jr.


• CPT Lee Eldridge Grimsley

• SGT William Herschell Palmer

• SP4 Willie Terry Walker Jr.

• CPL Randy Carroll Brackin Jr.

• SGT Dallas Henry Moore

• PFC Paul Dewittt Brannon

  WO Barry Bryant Coers

• 1LT Walter Jim Hogans