Saturday, November 8, 2008

Veterans Day: Height of the Cold War and the Vietnam Era

The following church members are veterans from the 50s, 60s, and 70s covering the Cold War and Vietnam.

Jerry Johnson served in Vietnam.

Dale Pickens served in the 509th Engineer Company as a motor pool dispatcher. His rank was Specialist E-4. He commented that fortunately for him there were no big battles….only a few small ones.

James Millwood served in Vietnam.

Allen Wilson served in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1974 in the 363rd Technical Air Command.

Douglas Cranford (1947-1980) served with the U.S. Air Force in communications where he was honored for dedication and dependability. Following his Vietnam service he worked with the Douglas County Sheriff’s office where he was awarded the Young Lawman of the Year award for 1978.

Arthur Henderson served in the U.S. Army from 1961-64. Due to his special computer skills he served his entire enlistment in El Paso, Texas.
Sam Griffin was in the U.S. Army from 1962-1964. He was stationed at Ft. Dix, New Jersey.

Billy Queen was in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965. He was a mail clerk for a bit in Germany before serving as a colonel’s driver in Orleans, France. Following his Vietnam years Billy worked for Ford Motor Company where he retired with 30 years of service.

Jim West was in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1963. He spent 30 months as a tank commander along the Czech-German border during the height of the Cold War. Following his military service Mr. West spent 40 years as the owner of McClarty and West Sheet Metal Company.

Tommy Tart’s military service was spent in the Panama Canal Zone in 1958.

Paul Trew was stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky in 1963.

If you would like to see more posts regarding the veterans at FBCLS follow the link
here for a complete listing.