Callaway Courthouse updates Vietnam Memorial

Names of fallen added to list of local names on plaque in courthouse

Larry Underwood, senior vice commander of Fulton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2657, left, and Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer check the restored Vietnam Memorial inside the Callaway County Courthouse. The new large plaque includes the names of 55 more Callaway County residents who served in Vietnam that were not included when the original memorial was dedicated in the early 1980s. A total of 252 Callaway County residents served in Vietnam and 11 were killed in combat.

Larry Underwood, senior vice commander of Fulton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2657, left, and Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer check the restored Vietnam Memorial inside the Callaway County Courthouse. The new large plaque includes the names of 55 more Callaway County residents who served in Vietnam that were not included when the original memorial was dedicated in the early 1980s. A total of 252 Callaway County residents served in Vietnam and 11 were killed in combat. Photo by Don Norfleet.

Through a joint effort by the Fulton Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Callaway County Commission, the Vietnam War Memorial has been updated with more names of Callaway County residents who fought in the war.

Larry Underwood, senior vice commander of Fulton Veterans of Foreign War Post 2657, and Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer Friday checked out the new memorial.

A total of 55 new names were added to the redesigned memorial which now has 252 names. The new memorial has 241 names of Callaway County residents who fought and survived the Vietnam War. The memorial also lists 11 names of those who died in combat during the war.

The Callaway County Commission hired Fulton resident Bryant Liddle, owner of B-Line Engraving, to prepare the revised large plaque memorial.

Names were rearranged in alphabetical order on the memorial to add names not available when the memorial was first erected in the courthouse in the early 1980s.

Underwood praised the efforts by the VFW post to track down the additional names of veterans involved in the Vietnam War and the Callaway County Commission for financing the updated memorial.

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