Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 16, 2012

New memorial: Museum seeks photos of those killed in Vietnam War

PRINCETON — Museums tell the story of past times, but they don’t have to tell that story in a static and un-changing way. The For Those Who Served War Museum in the Mercer County War Memorial has evolved into a dynamic museum that seems to change with each new season.

For the past year, Tony Whitlow, president of the museum board of directors, has been working to transform the former second floor meeting room of the War Memorial into a memorial that will help visitors understand what soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines experienced during the war. While some of the displays are progressing well, Whitlow said he needs help from the public to pull the Vietnam War exhibit together.

“The idea came from General Colin Powell,” Whitlow said. “I saw him on television once and he said that any time you do a memorial for Vietnam War veterans, you ought to include their pictures. As a result, the pictures of the men from Mercer County who were killed in action during the Vietnam War are a major part of our memorial to those veterans.

“I really need the help of the public to come up with the pictures,” he said. “There were 40 Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen from Mercer County who were killed in action in Vietnam. We only have pictures for three of them, so we have a way to go on this project. We’re hoping to have it completed in time for Veterans’ Day in November.”

Whitlow asked the newspaper to publish the names of the men killed in action in the Vietnam War with the hope that people may have access to photographs. He said anyone who can help can call him at home at 304-384-7875, or mail the photographs to Tony Whitlow 4108 Elgood Road Princeton, WV 24739.

The list of names follows: Herbert Marshall Allen, Marine; Steve Anderson, Army; Robert Lee Anglin, Army; Roger Dale Atkinson, Army; William Allen Blackwell, Army; Jackie Lee Blankenship, Marine; James Harrison Brooks Jr., Army; Darrell Edward Campanello, Marine; Eddie Dean Carper, Army; Thomas Berry Christian, Marine; James Kenneth Conner, Air Force; John W. Crews Jr., Army; Franklin East, Army; Freddie Esters, Marine; Roger Dale Evans, Marine; George W. Froe Jr., Army; Ralph Allan Gearheart, Marine; Thomas Preston Harvey, Army; Larry Emerson Hendrick, Navy; Merril Holt, Army; James Freeman Hundley, Marine; Howard William Jones, Army; Darrell Gene Martin, Army; Hobart Wilson McComas Jr., Army; Johnny Ray Mills, Marine; Charles Rodney Morris, Marine; Robert L. Morris, Army; Carl L. Munsey, Army; Grat Gelean Myers, Marine; Percie Edward Owens, Army; Charles D. Plummer, Army; John Quincy Quesenberry, Army; Paul Wayne Shrewsbury, Army; Edward Junior Simons, Marine; Edward Larry Stewart, Army; Bruce Wayne Tabor, Army; William A. Thomas, Army; Frank B. Westerfield, Marine; Danny C. White, Marine; and Joseph P. Wooden, Marine.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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