Vietnam veterans from the Brazos Valley want to be sure that the 50 or more who never made it home from that war in Southeast Asia, from this area, will not be forgotten.
That’s the reason a committee came up with the concept of a bronze statue, built in the Brazos Valley to honor these soldiers. The statue will be capped off by the fallen soldier memorial on the top – boots, dog tags and a rifle stuck in the ground with a combat helmet on top.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the memorial was held Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Clara B. Mounce Library in Bryan, TX where the 10-foot Brazos Valley Vietnam Memorial will be built.
The panels that make up the statue will list the names of soldiers who either lived in the Brazos Valley or have family here. There will also be information about Vietnam and the conflict there, where 58,193 Americans died.
Holly’s dad was one of these men, Major Charles C. Jones, USA. He was a pilot in Vietnam who died May 1, 1967 when his helicopter crashed on a routine mission. It wasn’t even his day to fly, he had taken a mission for a friend. He will be remembered on this Brazos Valley wall, as he is on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington, DC on panel 19E, Row 6.
Although he was taken way too soon, I like to think he’s looking down, smiling, extremely happy with the legacy he left behind in his children, Curtis & Holly, and the many grandkids and great grandkids that have come and are starting to make their own mark on the world.